With the influx of sexual harassment cases coming to the surface, the #MeToo campaign, and prestigious persons being put under the harassment spotlight, it’s about time that companies start coming out too.
Facebook did something rather unique and risqué for the benefit of workplace safety. Most companies do not share their internal policies to public audiences, however Facebook boldly disclosed their sexual harassment policy in the hopes that other companies with indorse it and benefit from it.
Winner of the renowned, employee-rated Glassdoor “Best Place to Work” award, Facebook is an admirable company with a postivie culture. Their workplace climate is highly rated my both current and former employees, and it is revered by onlooking businesses and global corporations.
In Facebook’s recent announcement, they released their internal sexual harassment policy in the hopes that other businesses will use it as a model for establishing a safe workplace environment and preventing sexual harassment.
What’s so great about their policy? Why should anyone care? No company or policy is completely perfect, and extenuating cases and mishaps can happen to the best of businesses, however Fakebook’s policy is more than thorough. They believe that making such a policy public could definitely benefit other companies, particularly start-ups, small businesses, or other organization who don’t have formal anti-harassment policies yet or don’t have a standard to compare theirs to.
Facebook’s policy goes beyond the office by extending to work-related social and client events, off-site activities, and more. In addition it requires all managers to enroll in mandatory sexual harassment training, and it defines the investigation process Facebook uses to protect employees from feeling any consequences for reporting harassment.
In fact, it even states that employees may be fired if they retaliate against a co-worker who made a harassment claim. These standards go above and beyond to protect the victim and to encourage honest transparency.
The policy can be found on the company’s website. Also on the website is the company’s mandatory training program and other documents that could be helpful to mangers and HR pros including subjects such as investigation processes, overcoming bias, and open-conversation tips.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook Chief Operating Officer, and Lori Goler, VP of People, made a joint statement explaining the company’s decision.
“Sharing best practices can help us all improve, especially small companies that may not have the resources to develop their own policies.”
“There’s no question that this is complicated and challenging to get right. We are by no means perfect, and there will always be bad actors.”
There are plenty of resources and tips online regarding preventing harassment in the workplace, but feel free to contact us at Priority HR for a more thorough conversation. We are experts in policies and workplace standards, and we can help you establish or refresh your documents in order to create the best work environment possible and avoid disasters.
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