Leadership and Accountability

This EEOC checklist focuses on awareness and purposeful prevention of workplace harassment. How is your organization doing?

The first step is to establish a culture of respect in which harassment is not tolerated. Check the box if the leadership of your organization has taken the following steps:

▢ Leadership has allocated sufficient resources for a harassment prevention effort

▢ Leadership has allocated sufficient staff time for a harassment prevention effort

▢ Leadership has assessed harassment risk factors and has taken steps to minimize those risks

Based on the commitment of leadership, check the box if your organization has the following components in place:

▢ A harassment prevention policy that is easy to understand and that is regularly communicated to all employees

▢ A harassment reporting system that employees know about and is fully resourced and which accepts reports of harassment experienced and harassment observed

▢ Imposition of discipline that is prompt, consistent, and proportionate to the severity of the harassment, if harassment is determined to have occurred

▢ Accountability for mid-level managers and front-line supervisors to prevent and/or respond to workplace harassment

▢ Regular compliance training for all employees to recognize prohibited forms of conduct and know how to use the reporting system.

▢ Regular compliance training for mid-level managers and front-line supervisors, so they know how to prevent and/or respond to workplace harassment

Bonus points if you can check these boxes:

▢ The organization conducts climate surveys on a regular basis to assess the extent to which harassment is experienced as a problem in the workplace

▢ The organization has implemented metrics for harassment response and prevention in supervisory employees’ performance reviews

▢ The organization conducts workplace civility training and bystander intervention training

▢ The organization has partnered with researchers to evaluate the organization’s holistic workplace harassment prevention effort

Excerpted from: https://www.eeoc.gov/checklists-employers

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