Workplace Harassment: Managers, Are You Unconsciously Fostering Harassment? 5 Ways to Find Out! by 30Seconds Mom

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Workplace Harassment: Managers, Are You Unconsciously Fostering Harassment? 5 Ways to Find Out!

With new sexual harassment scandals being uncovered every day, how can managers combat a toxic culture of harassment – before it’s too late? According to workplace culture expert David Hassell of 15Five, a performance management solution that makes continuous employee feedback simple, even well-meaning managers might be unconsciously fostering an unsafe work environment. Here are five leadership lessons to help managers create a workplace that's comfortable for all:

  • Codify a Moral Compass: Spend time actually thinking about your team's values and developing rituals that support them – because a weak company culture creates an environment where warped values, and even harassment, and objectification can occur.
  • Create a Culture of Constant Feedback: Create a structured system where employees can regularly share their concerns. Over time, this creates an open culture of trust and makes employees feel comfortable enough to point out inappropriate behavior.
  • Ask Yourself: Are My Employees Safe?: When you lead, you're responsible for protecting your tribe – and this begins at the most basic level of personal safety. Defending the vulnerable against the powerful is the mark of a true leader.
  • Care for Your Employee’s Well-being: Foster close relationships with your employees that help you detect when something is wrong – and then, ask simple, caring questions like, "Is everything OK?"
  • Help Your Team Become Better People, Not Just Better Workers: Your job is a leader is to help everyone on your team become the best people they can be. Responding to their basic human need to grow and develop will naturally translate to greater work performance.

Do you feel safe at your workplace?

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Elisa Schmitz
Great suggestions here. Having a safe workplace environment is key, and it starts with management. I'll never forget the first time I was sexually harassed, at one of my first jobs as a teenager. By the store manager, ugh! #MeToo

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