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01 Nov Leading from #MeToo: Making a Long-Term Impact on Workplace Culture

With the initial impact of #MeToo in the rearview mirror, forward-thinking businesses are asking themselves what to do next. How do we overcome inherent biases, tired stereotypes, and systematic barriers? How do we increase productivity, profitability, and employee engagement? How do we make a long-term impact on workplace culture? Recently released research outlined in the Women in the Workplace 2018 Report, authored by McKinsey Consulting and LeanIn.org, confirms what we have long suspected, and underscores the widely accepted research that diverse boards lead more profitable…

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27 Sep Politics Aside, Lessons on Sex, Power & the Workplace

When you look beyond the politics, the personalities, and the brouhaha surrounding the nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, there are valuable lessons for employers in their ongoing efforts to quell sexual harassment.   Even today, against the backdrop of #MeToo, harassment often goes unreported. Why?   Even though businesses reinforce anti-harassment policies, conduct training, and regularly investigate misconduct, employees hesitate to report bad behavior. Why?   The events of the last couple weeks offer some explanation. The first woman to make an accusation received death…

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31 Aug G is for Golden Standard Does one size really fit all for workplace anti-harassment training?

In the labor and employment world, a question we often must remember to ask our clients is: in which state does the employee work? States’ labor laws vary drastically in every which way, from paid leave requirements to minimum wage amounts—and now anti-harassment guidance.   In response to the #MeToo movement, New York passed legislation this year requiring all New York employers to adopt or create an anti-sexual harassment policy that meets the requirements of the state’s new model policy. The guidance crafted by the…

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30 Jul Do You Think Your Harassment Training Is Changing Behavior?

Recently I shared on Currents an article I wrote about a wide variety of topics that have come as remedies to the ongoing harassment problem highlighted by months of #MeToo, where I suggest that new and creative ways of training and of finding unreported harassment will be more significant than some of the initial legislative focuses.  Drilling further, in this article, I ask employers:  Do you think your current annual training or video is really changing behavior?   Specifically, I submit there are two primary…

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06 Apr Sex, Power & the Workplace Responding to the Skeptics. Q &A: Part 3

Today, we’re talking about men and their fears in this #MeToo moment. In our continuing effort to answer sincere questions from skeptics, here’s another good one for consideration:   Why aren’t you talking about men’s fears? And what should men do?   This question was spawned after talking about women’s long-time fears of reporting harassment, including fears of retaliation and of not being believed. Today, men are worried too. Worried, for example, that they will be wrongly accused of something they don’t even remember, or…

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