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As a result of the high-profile cases of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood, politics, the media and more traditional private industry, it is hard for any reasonable person to deny the persistence and severity of sexual harassment. HR has done a lot but we must, with other leaders, do more! Through a new interactive quiz, this session will:
- Breakdown “bad conduct” into different categories (i.e., we cannot respond to an inappropriate comment on appearance the same as sexual assault).
- Discuss behaviors that may or may not be okay depending on the circumstances, such as a “hug”.
- Explore how management should respond “in the moment” to complaints as well as to sexually harassing conduct which they see, hear or of which they otherwise become aware, even in the absence of a complaint.
- Review some promising practices for a holistic approach to smash harassment.
- Envision some of the adverse consequences of the “great awakening” (such as men avoiding women to avoid harassment claims) and suggest ways to mitigate risk.
- Suggest strategies for increasing “buy in” from other business leaders as HR alone does not “own” civility and cannot effectively fight this battle without the support of other business leaders.