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Keeping your harassment policies fresh and inspiring

Jaclyn Jaeger | February 13, 2018

People shouldn’t have to be told to treat others with dignity and respect. They shouldn’t have to be told that inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated. A generic anti-harassment policy on its own is little more than an acting script, rehearsed words put to paper.

Those who habitually commit sexual harassment, bullying, and/or assault aren’t going to suddenly stop that behavior just because a new anti-harassment policy and training has suddenly been rolled out. In the same vein, employees aren’t going to suddenly feel emboldened to report concerns internally if a company’s senior leadership has questionable morals and the culture is toxic to its core.

Amid widespread (and still developing) allegations of sexual harassment that have rocked Hollywood, with lessons applicable to every company, it’s easy in hindsight to know what to do: apologize and then promote a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment.

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