Beyond the legal requirements, anti-harassment training has additional benefits:
Strengthens workplace culture – Training supports an organization’s culture by communicating its values and promoting respect for every individual. Training motivates individuals to act ethically and appropriately, while protecting the organization and its reputation.
Empowers bystanders and encourages reporting – By creating a sense of collective responsibility, anti-harassment training empowers bystanders to intervene when they witness inappropriate behaviors. Bystanders gain strategies for disrupting or stopping harassing behavior, while also providing support for their coworkers. Training is also an effective tool for educating and encouraging employees to report incidents or potential problems.
Sends a strong message – Anti-harassment training sends a clear message that the organization will not tolerate harassment and discrimination. Along with clear complaint procedures, an ethics or reporting hotline and other administrative mechanisms, training demonstrates an organization’s commitment to a safe and inclusive workplace.