The High Price of Silence: The Cost of Neglecting Harassment Training

The High Price of Silence: The Cost of Neglecting Harassment Training

Posted by fpSOLUTIONS on Feb 20th 2024

Jennifer A. Cameron / Marketing, Media & Channel Relations     

When businesses neglect harassment training, they open themselves up to a myriad of potential pitfalls. Without adequate training, employees may lack awareness of what constitutes harassment, leading to inadvertent or intentional misconduct. The absence of harassment training can pave the way for a culture of tolerance towards harassment, leaving the company vulnerable to legal liabilities, damaged reputation, and loss of talent.

Here are just a few examples of the cost of doing nothing, could undermine the long-term viability and success of the business in an increasingly competitive market.

  • Employee Health and Well-being: Harassment can have serious consequences for the health and well-being of employees, leading to stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.
  • Hostile Work Environment Lawsuit: Without proper harassment training, employees may engage in behaviors that create a hostile work environment. This could result in a lawsuit against the company, leading to financial penalties and damage to the company's reputation.
  • Negative Publicity: Incidents of harassment can attract negative publicity, damaging the company's brand and image. This can result in loss of customers, partners, and investors.
  • Legal Liability: Failure to provide harassment training can leave the company legally liable for the actions of its employees. Ignorance of harassment policies is not a valid defense in court.
  • Erosion of Trust: When employees see harassment going unchecked, it erodes trust in management and the company as a whole. This can lead to a breakdown in communication and collaboration.
  • Regulatory Compliance Issues: Many jurisdictions require businesses to provide harassment training to employees. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines and penalties.
  • Loss of Talent: Employees who experience harassment may leave the company, resulting in a loss of talent and expertise. High turnover can be costly for businesses, both in terms of recruitment and training expenses.

These cautionary tales highlight the importance of implementing comprehensive harassment training programs to protect both employees and the long-term success of the business. fpSOLUTIONS provides businesses with easy-to-use, extensive on-line training at FPS University. Click here to browse our harassment courses.