Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
Australia's workplaces face a persistent and significant problem of sexual harassment. 54% of women report experiencing workplace sexual harassment almost every day, making it the most common workplace psychological hazard as a result of recent revisions of the laws, court cases, and complaints. Sexual harassment is the most common workplace hazard, but most people don't report it, so this number could be higher.
We need to end workplace sexual harassment once and for all.
A workplace sexual harassment prevention training program aims to educate and raise awareness about this widespread issue, and to prevent it from occurring.
This premium course was designed by Sebnem Bulan-Worth for all stakeholders within a workplace, including employees, managers, supervisors, and leaders. Ultimately, it instills a better understanding of workplace sexual harassment, improves handling of employee concerns, and prevents this serious issue from occurring in the future.
Research, case studies, and best practices have formed the foundation for
this course. This course addresses the potential consequences that may arise for individuals and their workplaces if something goes wrong. Enhances knowledge about how to prevent this from happening. Moreover, the course will provide information on what individuals can do at work if they are concerned about the behavior of others.
- Module 1 Introduction to workplace sexual harassment
- Module 2 Understanding Workplace Sexual Harassment
- Module 3 Sexual Harassment and Australian laws
- Module 4 Creating a safe workplace
- Module 5 Preventing workplace sexual harassment
Our course includes, theory, open discussions, group activities, practical scenarios from real court cases, review of the recent court outcome
This course will last between four and five hours.
There is a cost of $250 + GST for training
The entire workforce of an organisation, which includes the following members:
- Boards of Directors, managing directors, and chief executives
- The following categories include employees, contract workers, and volunteers (new as well as existing)
- Those responsible for managing, supervising, and leading teams
Sexual harassment cases at work must be handled and managed properly by managers and supervisors with additional specialised training.
The workplace sexual harassment prevention program is provided by WHS and Training Compliance Solutions Pty Ltd by organisations across Australia. A range of actions can constitute sexual harassment, ranging from mild misbehaviours to major assaults.
There is no doubt that workplace sexual harassment is a major psychological hazard that can negatively affect the wellbeing of employees. In addition to affecting individuals' physical and psychological well-being, it can have a negative effect on their performance at work.
The consequences of noncompliance with workplace laws can be serious: fines, reputational damage, and a high rate of hiring and firing of employees.
Feel free to contact us for a free, no-obligation estimate for your workplace sexual harassment prevention training. We provide group discounts. Additionally, we offer this course via our e-learning platform and on-site.
Sexual Harassment at Work: Impacts and Prevention
In the workplace, sexual harassment is the most common form of harassment. Besides causing physical harm, it is also known to cause mental harm. To prevent impacts of sexual harassment within the workplace, all stakeholders must understand their responsibility on how to prevent this key work health and safety hazard.
In Australia, one in five women and one in 20 men report having experienced some form of sexual harassment during their working days and feeling threatened in the workplace. In university students, about one in five have been sexually abused.
As outlined in the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the state and territory anti-discrimination laws, sexual harassment is prohibited in Australia. There are no exceptions to this rule at the workplace, at school, and in any organisation or institution.
Moreover, employers in Australia are also required to provide and maintain a safe and risk-free working environment for their employees, including independent contractors, as per the WHS/OHS legislation. As an organization, they must take responsibility for preventing, controlling, and maintaining a harassment-free workplace.
Exactly what does workplace sexual harassment mean?
It is important to understand what sexual harassment is before we discuss how to prevent it. Whether it is an unwelcome or inappropriate act repeated or one-off, sexual harassment encompasses a range of behaviors, including:
- Making unwanted contact with one's body
- Desiring physical contact with them
- A sexually explicit email, a request for one or even sending one
- Observing the breasts, genitals, or other parts of the body with a sinking or staring gaze
- Displaying or sending sexually explicit images and items
- Joking sexually, making comments, or showing body language that suggests sexuality
- Interrogating a person about their sexual health in a disturbing manner
- Conversations that display sexual harassment
- Insistently displaying sexually explicit content, such as posters or screen savers
- An inappropriate act of sexual harassment is one that humiliates you, harms you, makes you feel scared, or intimidates you.
In what ways does workplace sexual harassment affect people?
In extreme cases, post-traumatic stress disorder can develop as a result of the trauma, resulting in feelings of anxiety, depression, powerlessness, anger, and fear.
Employees who are unable to maintain connections with coworkers may be adversely affected by this. It is the right of every employee to live and work in an environment that does not harass them in any way.
Sexual harassment at work: what are the best ways to respond?
When victims are subjected to sexual harassment, they can respond in the following ways:
- In order to stop them, they should ask the perpetrator - "The behavior is unpleasant, and it must cease."
- Their employer, manager, supervisor, or manager may support them by talking to them, reporting on them, or asking for assistance. Their request can be to have them take action against the perpetrator.
- Contact the Fairwork Commission for help in stopping the behavior. By lodging a written or online complaint about sexual harassment, you can make your voice heard
- Let the Human Rights Commission know about this behavior. In order to resolve the issue amicably, the commission should listen to both sides of the argument. If you need advice about a human rights complaint, you can call the Human Rights Commission's complaints line in Australia at 1300 656 419 or email complaints firstname.lastname@example.org.
- As an alternative, you may report this to the police, or to your state or territory's regulatory body.
- It's a good idea to keep a diary of sexual harassment, including any evidence, such as text messages, social media comments, or email correspondence.
What are the Key Actions for employers to prevent sexual harassment?
Policies and commitments. In the workplace, preventing sexual harassment is a major goal. The organisation will have a zero-tolerance policy for any type of sexual harassment in the workplace, which begins with a clear policy and procedures that outline sexual harassment in the workplace is unacceptable.
Being accountable and having knowledge are essential. Managers, supervisors, and employers must have a clear understanding of their obligations under the Commonwealth and State/Territory Acts and Regulations, and they must hold themselves accountable for their actions. Furthermore, the behaviors of employees must be modeled after those of management.
A Prevention Plan is needed. Preventing sexual harassment can be achieved through several common actions that employers can take. In order to prevent sexual harassment at work, this plan starts with consulting the employees.
It is essential to have support from top management. Establish a sexual harassment prevention strategy that is well-supported by senior management and senior executives.
Maintain a regular training and information program for employees and managers on sexual harassment. The training of all managers in the role of preventing sexual harassment at the workplace is essential.
It is important to encourage proper management behaviour. Management should always model appropriate standards of conduct.
Establish an effective risk management process to foster a good working environment. Here are some ideas on how you can collect information about sexual violence risks at work and areas of concern:
- Obtain employee feedback by conducting surveys
- Surveys and exit interviews are examples of employee feedback
- Analyze information such as incident reports, accidents, and claims made to WorkCover
- Conduct employee interviews/surveys to gather data
- Statistical analysis of workplace incidents for workplace assessments.
Ensure that sexual harassment outcomes are monitored, evaluated and improved.
Workplace sexual harassment in Australian workforce can be prevented if organisation's are determined and committed to eliminating it from the workplace. The consequences of ignoring this behavior can be devastating on a moral, legal, and financial level.
You've come to the right place! Our expertise is in delivering quality workplace training programs. In Brisbane, Townsville, Toowoomba and other locations across Australia, WHS and Training Compliance Solutions Pty Ltd provides Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention Course programs. Call our team at 07 5499 2406 for onsite sessions.