How Toxic Workplaces Harm Employee Health

Anyone who’s ever worked in a toxic workplace knows the toll it can take on you: the loss of sleep, the stress gnawing a pit in your stomach, the constant uncertainty around your manager. You might have even thought to yourself, “this can’t be good for me”.  Well, we now have clinical data to say…

The Death of Compliance Training

Turning Corporate Values Into Employee Skills For decades, businesses have promoted their corporate values –  on websites, public filings and corporate policies – as rules to follow.  Compliance training was then used to teach people the rules and policies that govern employee behavior and get employee acknowledgments (and proof) that people knew “the rules” –…

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How DEI Relates to Harassment and Risk

I was helping a large multinational firm to develop diversity training programs when the executive in charge of the department asked us to train on employee relations topics such as EEO and AAP. This request was a bit unusual as it was beyond the scope of our regular work.  Nonetheless, I worked with highly committed…

Harassment Training Amendment (CA)

Effective January 1, 2021 for California Employers The benefit of experience is practical understanding of what works and what doesn’t, combined with greater access to influence events.  In the last two years, I’ve embraced the fact that I’ve seen a lot in harassment and bias — from the employer perspective, employee perspective and the neutral…

How to Avoid a Bias or Retaliation Claim

Do you think your company is immune to gender bias, discrimination, and harassment claims? Think again. There are simple ways to you can  your company from the common issues that lead to costly harassment or gender bias claims in the workplace. What are bias and discrimination claims? When an employee feels as though another employee…

Tips for Recognizing Workplace Bullying

How to Spot Workplace Bullying

In 2017, the Workplace Bullying Institute conducted a National Survey on bullying at work. The study found that 19% of American’s have experienced abusive conduct in the workplace (a.k.a. workplace bullying) and another 19% have witnessed it. Picture this: You are just getting settled with that second cup of coffee, today it’s breakroom coffee because…

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Preventing Harassment In a Broken System

30 years of sexual harassment and the system that continues to fail us It’s been more than 30 years since the United States first passed laws to help protect employees from sexual harassment. Strikingly, just as many people experience harassment today as they did back then (EEOC). Routinely, U.S. employers have provided training to educate…

Check the Drama at the Door: Part 4

Welcome back to ‘Check the Drama at the Door,’ our ongoing series about preventing workplace conflict and promoting a healthy culture. Over the past few weeks, I have been identifying potentially “triggering” events or issues and turning points at which companies may be able to take steps to avoid strife, boost productivity and loyalty and,…

Check the Drama at the Door: Part 3

Welcome back to ‘Check the Drama at the Door,’ our ongoing series about preventing workplace conflict through best managerial practices and a series of measures that should be taken to promote a healthy culture. Over the past few weeks, I have been identifying potentially “triggering” events or issues and turning points at which companies may…

Check the Drama at the Door: Part 2

Last week you read about the first two steps from my workplace conflict prevention program. We discussed establishing a positive culture asa foundation, and good management strategies for organizational change. Those two tools can go a long way in improving your culture and preventing conflict, but they are only a small part of a truly…