Home care providers in the State of New York are now legally responsible to ensure that by October 1st, 2019 their department employees and caregivers are all properly trained on defining, reporting and preventing Sexual Harassment in the workspace. Click here to get help (link to our contact form or calendar)
Staying compliant with state regulations and updates is a key component to retaining and protecting your business and caregivers. A hot topic that continues to rise in every workspace is Sexual Harassment. Home care providers are now legally responsible to ensure that their department employees and caregivers are all properly trained on defining, reporting and preventing Sexual Harassment in the workspace. Requiring employees and managers to participate in sexual harassment training helps business minimize the risk of lawsuits, increase employee satisfaction, reduce employee turnover and improves employee productivity. Click here to discover how Home Care agencies Benefit from properly training all company employees……
How does sexual harassment training Benefit home care agencies?
- Nurturing a culture of inclusion and respect in the workforce
The issues of sexual misconduct, harassment and bullying that involve an abuse of power are not new problems. Providing and educating caregivers and office employees with approaches on how to manage these complex evolving issues requires a new approach without singling out any culture or gender and enforcing respect amongst employees and employers. When caregivers and employees feel respected and valued in their workplace they are more likely to perform better and be more engaged in their daily expected tasks.
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- Lower the risk of lawsuits to the employer/homecare agency
Sexual harassment training ensures that supervisors and managers understand their duties when they learn or suspect that sexual harassment has occurred. By educating all employees about the kinds of conduct that are not allowed in the workplace, an employer takes a proactive approach to protecting employees from sexual harassment. By making clear during the training process that the employer has adopted a policy prohibiting sexual harassment, the training will help the employer protect itself from a claim that it was tolerant of sexual harassment and negligently failed to prevent it.
- Creating a safe environment for reporting incidents is essential for minimizing turnover
Provide a safe space for dialogue and discussions about why sexual harassment has become an issue and why there is harm in the behavior. It is crucial to recognize the training session as a safe place to ask questions and start a conversation. Creating a safety net for your caregivers and managers will provide them with a sense of self value. Communicating clear directions on filing complaints will prevent them from fearing reporting. Reinforce that reporting harassment is encouraged, accusations will be taken seriously, and retaliation will not be tolerated. Many times, caregivers have chosen to leave an agency because they have been victimized. Providing a safe process on reporting sexual harassment incidents is intended to deter a victim from feeling shame. Overall, the feeling of safety in the workplace, coupled with the reassurance that all other employees know what is considered unacceptable, can provide long lasting confidence in the workplace, as employees remain confident that their fellow team members will stand behind them if an incident does occur.
When approached correctly, sexual harassment training should convey a sense of safety. No caregiver should feel unsafe at work. Proper education not only helps to safeguard against inappropriate behavior, it protects the agencies as a business.
Home care providers in NY are now legally responsible to ensure that by October 1st, 2019 their department employees and caregivers are all properly trained on defining, reporting and preventing Sexual Harassment in the workspace. Proactive sexual Harassment training protects both employees and the workplace. Nevvon’s mobile sexual harassment training meets or exceeds all of New York state’s standards. Caregivers and employees will have 25 minutes of engaging training that is fully compliant and extremely convenient. Nevvon’s convenient mobile training portal is an efficient and easy way to deliver all the proper tools for identifying, avoiding and reporting workplace harassment and meets all of New York state’s requirements and standards.