Workplace Harassment Prevention: Training Recommendations Based on Claims Trends

Risk Research Bulletin | October 2017 | 0 Comments  Average 4.5 out of 5

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Workplace harassment can seriously damage an educational institution. Implementing job-specific training for faculty and staff, and including department chairs and deans can help reduce risk. UE analyzed more than 500 recent harassment claims to help institutions develop training that addresses the most common—and the costliest—situations. Findings include:

  • Most claims involved sexual, racial, or disability-based harassment
  • Supervisors were the most common harassers
  • Department chairs and deans were involved in all age-based claims
  • Harassment claims brought by faculty were the most expensive
  • Facilities management and food service employees tend to report racial and disability harassment
  • Public safety employees accused the chief or director in more than half of the claims  

To make sure your training meets the needs of specific groups:

  • Focus on the most frequent complaints
  • Emphasize early human resources involvement during supervisor training
  • Consider employees’ access to technology and work schedules
  • Note that some employees may not be proficient in English  

Read the report for more information on effective harassment prevention training.

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