As a business owner, one of the most crucial things you can do is cut down on harassment and other toxic influences on your work environment.
Though it is unfortunately impossible to eliminate every possible instance of harassment, it is possible to set up a system that severely discourages it and prevents it from becoming a chronic problem.
Set clear terms and act fast
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission discusses ways to cut down on harassment at work. The first thing is to inform all employees that you do not tolerate harassment of any kind in your company.
The important part, however, is putting your money where your mouth is. You need to investigate any complaints or reports of harassment quickly and respond to concerns or questions in a timely manner.
If you find someone guilty of harassment, you also need to act swiftly. Someone should not get a simple slap on the wrist for violating company rules, no matter who they are or what their position in the company is.
It is also important to alert managers to this. They need to understand the importance of their role in stopping harassment, and know how to stop and prevent it, too.
Addressing your employees
You should also address employees, too. Outside of making it clear that people who harass others will face punishment, you also need to make it clear that those who step forward with concerns and questions will not face punishment.
Be clear about who employees should contact with questions or concerns, too, and make the process as easy and smooth as possible. Combined, these will give people a better way to handle potential instances of harassment.