One of the immediate issues to be addressed in our country is the crimes being committed against women, both at work and home. Sexual harassment at work creates a hostile, insecure environment which curbs the active participation of women, curtails their sense of empowerment and has a detrimental effect on their economic growth.
The instances of sexual harassment of women are raising in proportion to the increasing rate of women employees.
With more than 40% of the workforce in the corporate sector being women, it is important to have a culture of mutual respect and a safe working environment.
Here are some suggestions that you can implement on the special occasion of women’s day:
- Create awareness of what is sexual harassment and how it is a legal offence
- Form a committee who can be reached by any women who wants to complain against harassment
- Promote a safe working environment by encouraging women to speak up if they find any un acceptable behaviour
- Take an undertaking from each employee that they understand the law and implications of sexual harassment
The best way to train employees on POSH is by creating a scenario-based e-learning course that talks about the following:
- The law and when it was implemented
- Making it mandatory for organizations who have more than 10 employees to train people on POSH
- The kinds of harassment – hostile behaviour and quid pro quo
- Unwelcome advances and other forms of sexual harassment
- Role of employees, employer and the committee
- Promoting a culture of “don’t do it” and “don’t put up with it”
This course should be mandatory to all employees and become part of the induction training.
Let us make our workplace safe and secure for our women.
Happy women’s day!