Preston Clark, J.D.

10 Questions to Ask Your Employees About Sexual Harassment & Discrimination

So you’re training all of your employees on sexual harassment & discrimination prevention.

That’s good!

The question now is whether you believe your organization has a harassment & discrimination problem. And whether it’s getting worse or getting better over time.

Short answer is: you probably don’t know.

If you’re reading this article, our assumption is that you want to go beyond *just* training in 2021. You actually want to make a difference– and improve your workplace– not just check the box.

So let’s talk briefly about how to measure the efficacy of your current or new harassment & discrimination prevention training. After all, if you aren’t measuring it, how will you improve it?

The very short answer to “how” is that you need to administer employee surveys in conjunction with your sexual harassment & discrimination prevention training.

The following 10 survey questions are designed to measure both knowledge and climate related to sexual harassment & discrimination.

We recommend you ask these questions anonymously to your employees every year after completing sexual harassment & discrimination training.

10 Questions to Ask Your Employees About Sexual Harassment & Discrimination

Question 1: How knowledgeable are you about how to make a report of sexual harassment or discrimination?

Question 2: How knowledgeable are you about what happens when an employee reports an incident of sexual harassment or discrimination?

Question 3: Have you ever received training or materials that covered the legal definition of sexual harassment & discrimination?

Question 4: Have you ever received training or materials that covered your company’s policy on sexual harassment & discrimination?

Question 5: Have you ever received training or materials that covered how to report sexual harassment & discrimination?

Question 6: Have you ever received training or materials that covered how to intervene as a bystander to protect other employees from sexual harassment & discrimination?

Question 7: Do you believe there is a clear sense of appropriate and inappropriate behavior among employees at your company?

Question 8: Do you feel empowered to report inappropriate sexual conduct by a coworker at your company?

Question 9: Do you feel empowered to report inappropriate sexual conduct by a supervisor at your company?

Question 10: Do you believe your company does a good job at preventing sexual harassment and discrimination from taking place?

 

How we developed the questions?

These questions were developed first based on the AAU and White House Climate Surveys that were developed and deployed for Higher Ed institutions in 2013.

We then worked with HR, legal and prevention experts to convert these questions into a workplace relevant format.

Want to read more on this topic? Check out this HBR article. 

How Do Your Workers Feel About Harassment? Ask them: https://hbr.org/2018/01/how-do-your-workers-feel-about-harassment-ask-them

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