Thursday, January 5th, 2017
For Your CPA Firm & For Your Clients – Take Sexual Harassment Seriously
“Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.” – George Washington
Well-managed CPA firms got the sexual harassment message a long time ago. But, have you continually educated your new team members and your long-time team members about the importance of a sexual harassment policy and how it works?
Your CPAs are advising your small business clients on many topics and making them aware of the need for a sexual harassment policy should be one of those topics.
Sometimes small businesses (like CPA firms and their clients) have a very casual, almost collegiate culture. There is nothing casual about sexual harassment.
David Lewis, President/CEO of OperationsInc, one of the Northeast’s largest Human Resources Outsourcing and Consulting firms, was recently interviewed about sexual harassment policies on MSNBC.
- Start with awareness and training.
- Adopt a policy and be sure it is well communicated.
- Be sure your people understand what sexual harassment is and what is suppose to happen if it occurs.
- Always follow your policy.
Address sexual harassment before it occurs and you must adopt a zero tolerance policy. Many small businesses don’t want to upset their casual culture and try to ease into some sort of sexual harassment policy. There is no easing in – no middle ground. Let everyone know that going forward there will be zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
If you have a policy and don’t follow it, it is a killer – lawyers love it.
Watch the brief, informative interview here.
- "Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none."