Incident-specific policies and protocols and one-off trainings have proven insufficient to address the complex and deep-seated roots of sexual harassment and violence: power, control, sexism, and workplace inequity. Multifaceted prevention programs are more responsive to employee needs, and engender their confidence in organizational values.
Each organization has its own culture, gaps, and needs. A well-executed workplace climate survey process lays the foundation for a tailored response and prevention program. Thorough and holistic climate surveys signal that your organization recognizes the disparities that facilitate harassment and violence and assures employees that the organization intends to hold harassers accountable. It is important to review the results of the survey with your employees, solicit suggestions for change, close identified gaps in response, and engage in an ongoing conversation about workplace expectations and culture.
Visit Workplaces Respond’s National Resource Hub on Sexual Harassment & Violence for best practices in planning and conducting Workplace Climate Surveys.