Posted by Nisha Amin on Nov 1, 2018 2:09:00 PM




Sexual harassment in the workplace is not a new phenomenon however, the attention that it is receiving with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements has brought codes of conduct to the forefront, with zero tolerance spreading globally.

With that said, fewer than 1 in 5 companies have made an effort to discuss appropriate conduct, hold training or change sexual harassment policy in the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp.1

You’re likely aware of the more blatant examples, but did you know that these are also considered to be sexual harassment? 

  • Licking lips or teeth or blowing kisses
  • Sexual glances such as leering and ogling with distasteful overtones
  • Practical jokes like exposing underwear or parts of the body
  • Performing a neck/shoulder massage
  • Remarks about a person's spouse or significant other

Is your organization exposed when it comes to harassment in the workplace because of outdated policies and training on the subject?

Protecting employees and the organization may require a reevaluation of your current anti-sexual harassment policies, or if you don’t have anything formal in place, now is the time to develop one. 

Clients that we work with continue to struggle with low retention rates, and poor engagement when it comes to their anti-sexual harassment training. 

There seem to be three common reasons behind this.

Lack of leadership buy-in

Employees cannot be expected to take training seriously if their leaders or the senior leadership teams are not exemplifying the importance.  To increase the acceptance of this code of conduct, leaders must exemplify desired behaviors and also communicate zero-tolerance for sexual harassment by addressing it when it occurs. 

Poor Design and Delivery

When reviewing training programs, poor engagement is typically tied to poor design and delivery.  The goal is to try and design your content in an interesting way that takes the learner away from stale PowerPoints or dry eLearning modules.  Creating scenarios that are relatable to the learner, using up to date video and high-resolution imagery and creating a social aspect to the learning are all ways to help create more effective training.  Download this free overview of 9 Ways to Revive Your eLearning if your current program could use a refresh.

One and Done

Clients may find they have a great program in place that also provides an engaging experience to the learners but that the results begin to dwindle post-event.  The main reason for this is that the training is not followed up with support needed to keep the subject matter top of mind.  Remind employees of behaviors with tactics that can help to reduce the forgetting curve.

Download this free eBook from the corporate training experts at TrainingFolks entitled: Creating Effective Anti-Sexual Harassment Training and gain further insight into this critical topic affecting the workplace on a global basis.


The eBook provides a background on the types of sexual harassment that your training should address as well as tips on how to design, create, deliver and assess up-to-date training for your organization. 

Anti-sexual harassment training can be a daunting task if you’re not sure where to begin, what to include or how to best train your current workforce.

Contact the experienced team at TrainingFolks for further assistance on this relevant and important subject matter.  We will provide the guidance you need to implement effective anti-sexual harassment training that works.


1NBC Survey November 2017


Topics: corporate training programs, compliance training programs, anti-sexual harassment

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