Today’s Healthy Workplace Defined
You’ve heard it countless times: “People don’t leave jobs—they leave toxic workplaces.” Between a spike in harassment claims nationwide and a generational shift in the labor force, fostering a healthy workplace is critical to your organization’s culture and bottom line now more than ever. In fact, workplace toxicity is costing employers millions per year in turnover, lost productivity, and staggering legal fees.
With so much at stake, you want to be sure your attention and training efforts are centered on the elements key to a thriving workplace. Your organization’s success hinges on a keen understanding and proactive approach to managing the following four issues:
Cultivating a Winning Culture: Beyond the Buzzwords
Having a cursory understanding of the issues impacting the health of a modern workplace simply isn’t enough. In fact, failure to properly address any one of the aforementioned components not only affects talent acquisition and retention, but can also yield significant legal and cultural fallout. The challenge facing most businesses today is striking the appropriate balance between complying with the law and meeting the unique needs and values of today’s labor force.
For example, if you invest all of your time and resources in solely combating harassment—an issue that cost employers half a billion dollars in punitive damages last year alone—you may be neglecting equally important elements like inclusion and diversity, which are greatly valued by Millennial and Gen Z employees, cohorts who now represent nearly 40% of today’s workforce. Similarly, incivility is often overlooked or mishandled simply because it’s harder to qualify and therefore deemed a less actionable offense. But there’s no denying its significance in the workplace. In 2018, nearly 50% of employees deliberately spent less time at work due to matters of civility and lack of respect, while an additional 80% admitted feeling less committed to their organization for the same reason.
Sexual harassment charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rose
more likely to yield
In negative workplaces,
of workers reported that their performance declined.
Mastering Compliance and Comfort with Expert Training
So how do you simultaneously prioritize legal compliance and employee engagement in a healthy environment? Enlist the help of experts who specialize in creating healthy and compliant workplaces.
For over 100 years, MidAtlantic Employers’ Association (MEA) has been regarded as the region’s authority on delivering effective and customized training designed to optimize workplace success among industries large and small. Unlike most HR services providers, MEA doesn’t believe in pre-canned, one-size-fits-all solutions. Instead, our team of legal and training specialists works exclusively with your organization to assess its unique challenges, needs, and goals at all levels of hierarchy, and provides relevant training tailored to the ever-changing workforce landscape.
MEA’s experts are well versed in all nuanced laws and policies that impact your company’s health and bottom line. Let MEA guide you and your workplace leaders in creating an environment built on trust, respect, and shared commitment to organizational success.
Customized Solutions Include:
Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Training for both Managers and Employees
MEA will review your current harassment policies and give revision recommendations. Training is governed by interactive learning exercises, real-world examples, and pointed instruction on how to identify, report, and prevent harassment
- 90-minute in-person (or 2-hour live, interactive online) training sessions for your managers/supervisors
- 30-minute in-person (or 45-minute live, interactive online) training sessions for your employees
- Two-year access to makeup sessions through MEA Live, our online interactive training platform
Civility & Inclusion Training
MEA’s in-depth training is aimed at building awareness of respectful and comfortable workplace interactions and communication. The session targets the identification of negative practices that can lead to toxic situations and relationships and ultimately impact productivity and engagement.
- 3-hour session intended for all audiences
- Contact MEA for session delivery options and details, both onsite and at MEA
Conducting a prompt investigation into complaints of harassment, discrimination, or other violations is not only important in preventing recurrence of these problems, but it can also be crucial for establishing a legal defense to potential claims. MEA’s comprehensive third-party investigation services include:
- Investigation and interviewing conducted by a seasoned professional
- Post-investigation report and recommendations when necessary
As an HR industry leader providing specialized training and legal services to organizations of all sizes, MEA always has its finger on the pulse of modern workplace challenges and solutions. Its team of experts has produced extensive resource guides designed to help businesses remain compliant and culturally responsive.
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