Wow, I can’t believe the last time I posted was in April. Lots of things going on, primarily a new job that I just love. I’ve been there about a month and my supervisor is great as well as the rest of the HR team. Of course starting a new job takes over one’s life, so my apologies for such a long break.
That being said, I came across this today. It’s yet another reminder of how diversity training is so desperately needed, no matter how incredibly politically correct it’s considered to be. But all the training in the world won’t help unless managers know what if a claim comes their way. After all, managers can be held liable for failure to report. The above article states that the men “complained to their supervisors but the company ignored their claims”.
That may or may not be true (I have learned to try not to believe everything I read), but I do believe it’s very possible that the supervisors didn’t report the complaints to HR or to upper management. It’s not necessarily their fault if they didn’t, very often supervisors, particularly new supervisors, do not have the right tools to manage their respective employees. That’s again, where training comes in.
There are a number of resources out there for HR professionals. Whether it be SHRM, which has an excellent diversity site, HRCalifornia, ASTD, HR Law Info, HRHero.com, the Department of Labor or anything else you can get your hands on. It doesn’t need to cost a lot of money to get your staff trained. And it can certainly cost a lot if you don’t.
To the tune of $61 million.