The trainer comes at a large financial cost and proves to be of questionable value. Ultimately, the trainees leave discouraged and the hostile climate remains. This all-too-familiar scene was demonstrated by the arrival of Petey the Sexual Harassment Panda on South Park , way back in His song-and-dance approach before a class of fourth graders was obviously a caricature. But sexual harassment experts say the problems he demonstrated — overly legalistic trainings that are more about liability protection than culture change and that come without proven results — have become ubiquitous, even as America reckons with the MeToo moment.
This is why workplace harassment training is so ineffective – ThinkProgress
This is why workplace harassment training is so ineffective
As we have previously reported, 1 New York State and New York City both enacted legislation in that require New York employers to train their employees in workplace sexual harassment prevention. The state training legislation went into effect on October 9, , and the city training legislation went into effect on April 1, Together, the laws require employers to train their New York-based workforce annually and to cover certain topics during the training such as the definition of sexual harassment, a manager's role in preventing sexual harassment, retaliation, and bystander intervention, among other topics. The city law tasked the New York City Commission on Human Rights Commission with creating a free "online interactive training module" to assist employers in satisfying the training requirement. On April 1, , the Commission published its free online training entitled "Confronting Sexual Harassment: Tools and strategies to create a harassment-free workplace. The city's training module contains slides and requires the participant to engage with the slides by answering true or false questions and by clicking to the next slide when finished with each lesson. Both the content and the interactive components of the city's module satisfy the state and city requirements, making it a potential one-stop-shop for employers that choose this training route to comply with both New York laws.
Six reasons your workplace’s sexual-harassment training will fail
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Linda Conley encountered her first sexual harassment training assignment in , as lead script writer and researcher for Kantola Training Services. But even the seasoned production manager was taken aback by the force, fury and volume of the MeToo revelations, especially when she read the details of the sordid sprees of powerful men like Harvey Weinstein. Kantola itself has spent the last 30 years producing and selling video programs on sexual harassment, diversity, leadership and other workplace issues to 89 companies listed in the Fortune and countless other public and nonprofit organizations. We have clear details of what men like Harvey Weinstein have done.