Sexual Harassment Prevention Training: What is the Right Approach for Your Organization?

With New York State and New York City mandating Annual Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for organizations of all sizes, there are various training options offered to comply with the requirements. What is the right choice for you and your team?

Online Training

The NYC Commission of Human Rights, as well as some vendors, offer online training. The training from the Commission is free and satisfies the requirements both at the city and at the state level. Most online sessions take approximately 45 minutes and may be available in a few languages. Completing this online training is a viable option for organizations that are looking to just meet the requirements. These tools usually cover the necessary content and provide a certificate of completion.

If you are exploring this possibility, keep in mind that they do not include specifics about your organization when it comes to investigating, reporting or your available resources. It is therefore highly recommended that if chosen, this option is coupled with an internal follow-up session.

An online training alternative is also less interactive. Although your employees will be able to see some case studies and answer questions to test their understanding, it will not provide the opportunity for your staff to ask questions, and for you to be able to provide the examples that are most in line with your programs or business.

Live Training

For organizations that have a remote workforce, or have locations across different cities, live sessions can accommodate in-person as well as remote workers when offered via a video conferencing tool.

If this is the first time that you will be training your staff on sexual harassment, we highly recommend that you do it live. (Full disclosure: Kiwi Partners offers Live Training). One of the benefits of live training is that you get more of your staff’s attention and engagement, which in turn facilitates good discussions. A live training also allows you to see your team’s reactions and what concepts may be harder for them to understand. As a result, you may decide to provide some follow-up sessions or other resources available to them.

Moreover, you may be able to customize the content, and tie it back to your culture. During a live session, you can ensure that the case studies, examples, or the overall content provide a bigger message and is in line with your other HR initiatives. This is also an excellent opportunity to share your commitment to respectful work environments and other best practices while at the same time comply with the law.

Reach out to your HR advisor to discuss how you can best meet the requirements, while offering something meaningful and thoughtful for your team.