REAL BUSINESS 101: Hostile Workplace Prevention

There are two ways to obtain knowledge: study and experience. Both are valuable, but when it comes to business, there’s a lot that you can’t learn from a book or in a classroom.

We’re not knocking school. We just want to help folks in the real business world. So we’ll be posting articles with a healthy dose of plain-spoken, real world insights and tips. We hope they help.

Man’s World?

Not so much. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 report on women in the labor force found that, while women made up 47 percent of the total workforce, they accounted for 52 percent of all management across all U.S. industry. So in considering compliance processes and policies, start by understanding, unequivocally, that this is not, in fact, a man’s world. Nor is it a white world or any other homogenized world.

So, What?

Ok, so the business world is steadily becoming more diverse, but it’s business, so why bring all this gender and culture diversity stuff into it, right? You’re exactly right: it’s business. And friendly, respectful business is easier, more effective and, most importantly, more profitable for all involved.

Protect Your Employees and Company

If your shop doesn’t have a policy to protect workers from harassment (sexual or otherwise) that makes them feel like their workplace is hostile, consider creating one for your their protection and yours. You can find useful resources to help you by searching “hostile workplace prevention” on LinkedIn.


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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 report: Women in Labor Force