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Training, strong policies key to keeping workplace harassment-free

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No doubt your company has a sexual harassment policy in place. However, it may have been drafted long ago and may have been long ignored by supervisors and subordinates alike. If you suspect this is the case, it’s time to dust off the document, review it and start making sure all your supervisors and managers take it seriously.

Critically important is that everyone designated to receive harassment complaints knows what to do. Super­­visors should have a clear time requirement for reporting complaints to HR. They should understand that they can’t handle the problem themselves. If you use a hotline, make sure you designate someone to check messages daily. Monitor email and make sure none are going into a “junk” folder.

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