In an article published in the Nashville Business Journal’s Largest Employers special report on July 6, 2018, I provided a column highlighting three important questions for employers to ask as they strive to reduce harassment in the workplace and cultivate a healthy workplace environment. The effectiveness of an anti-harassment policy often comes down to employee perception of how the policy is enforced, trained and embraced by leadership, so it is important that employers are mindful of the answers to these questions:

  • Do employees perceive the anti-harassment policy as having integrity?
  • Do employees perceive training as mere litigation risk avoidance or as attempting transformation?
  • Do employees perceive this tone “at the top?”

The answers to these questions are important to inform the need to adapt policies to optimize their impact on employee confidence in the policy, clarity of the policy’s anti-harassment message and, ultimately, a healthy workplace environment.

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