Anti-Harassment Training is the Investment to Curtail Turnover
Updated: May 4
Hi, I'm Dr. Lindsey Lee, I co-founded Lynch Learning with my business partner, Natalie Lynch. I'd like to talk a little bit right now about training as a remedy for turnover in your work environment. We know that employers all over the country are facing unprecedented challenges as it relates to hiring employees, as well as keeping them once you have them on board. And anti-harassment training goes a long way toward communicating to your employees that you care about them, and that you have an interest in investing in them and their success. And why is that? Well, first of all I think the most straightforward reason is that people quit jobs where they are being harassed, and so it's your duty as an employer to make sure that your work environment remains harassment free. And sometimes harassment comes about because employees don't understand the implications of their behavior, they don't understand your policy, and so training gives you the opportunity to explain all of that and inform and equip your employees with the knowledge that they need in order to behave accordingly and raise issues when they have experiences that you need to be aware of. And because people quit when they're harassed, the impact of that is the creation of a toxic work environment. And if they quit without ever making you aware that that's the reason that they've left your organization what that means is that they're leaving behind the harasser in your work environment that you may be unaware of. And if you don't have the opportunity to manage that person's behavior and make sure that you are really demonstrating that it's not tolerated, that creates an environment that's just simply toxic. And on the flip side of that then arming your employees with information, and knowledge and understanding and ways to report and information related to our policies leaves them in a position of empowerment, frankly. And an empowered organization is one that has a good, positive, supportive culture, and we know that that is an important factor that contributes to employer retention.