When I see an article titled “Corporate culture is your best defense against sexual harassment claims”, you know I’m going to read it.
All 11 tips in the article have merit but one stands out:
#4. Address all bad behavior, even when it’s not illegal.
Yelling is not illegal. Throwing things across the room is not illegal. Telling someone they are one stupid idea away from having to look for another job is not illegal.
But these behaviors must be addressed. Employees must feel that management cares about a respectful workplace. Otherwise, employees will eventually cease to report bad behavior to management, both legal and illegal.
For too long, we have tolerated behaviors that were lawful but awful. It’s time we stop.