Inappropriate behaviour at work is one of the most pressing issues facing HR, challenged by the complexities of managing a multi-generational workforce where diversity includes different personalities, work styles as well as race, gender, religion and philosophical beliefs like veganism.
The issue is so prevalent with employers ill-equipped to handle misconduct, that The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) recently released a seven-step guide to help prevent and deal with sexual harassment at work. While according to the CIPD, a quarter of UK employees believe bullying and harassment is overlooked, with less than half (40%) of line managers trained in preventing and addressing inappropriate behaviour.
Organisations that want to thrive and attract the best talent, must create a respectful, accountable and diverse culture, encouraging openness and intolerance on issues like sexual harassment and discrimination. This leads to a more positive and engaging workplace; and one where boards are better placed to fulfil their legal responsibilities for protecting employees against bullying and harassment. But culture change is no easy feat.
Read our guide to examining culture and relevant processes in your business with Suzanne Hurndall, Relationship Director at hrInspire: ‘Building a respectful culture’