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Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Due 12/31: 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, various training options are available to comply with the requirements. Sexual harassment prevention training is critical in creating a workplace culture where everyone feels safe, respected, and valued. It equips us all with the knowledge and skills to recognize, prevent, and address inappropriate behaviors, ensuring a healthy and inclusive work environment for everyone. What is the right choice for you and your team?

Online Training

The NYC Commission of Human Rights and some entities, including Kiwi Partners, offer online training. Most online sessions take approximately 45 - 60 minutes and may be available in a few languages. The benefits of online training include flexibility, interactive learning, and easy accessibility.

Gone are the days of scheduling in-person training sessions that might disrupt a person’s busy workday. With online sexual harassment prevention training, employees can complete the modules at their own pace and at a time that suits them best. Whether during lunch breaks or at the end of the day, online training allows individuals to balance their work commitments while ensuring they remain compliant.

We all learn differently, and online training caters to various learning styles, such as interactive videos, quizzes, and scenarios. This personalized approach enhances one’s understanding of the material and increases its practical application in real-life situations.

Online training is designed to be accessible to everyone. Whether in the office, working remotely, or on the go, one can access the training from any device with an internet connection. This inclusivity ensures that most employees can participate and contribute to maintaining a respectful workplace.

By completing sexual harassment prevention training online in New York, organizations actively contribute to creating a workplace where respect, inclusivity, and safety are paramount. Remember, the training is not just a requirement – it's an investment in creating a positive work environment.

Live Training

For organizations with a remote workforce or locations across different cities, live sessions can accommodate in-person and remote workers when offered via a video conferencing tool. Imagine being part of a dynamic training session where discussions are sparked, questions are answered, and scenarios are dissected in real-time. Live training offers an engaging, interactive environment that enhances organizations’ learning experience. Individual participation adds depth to the discussions, ensuring organizations gain a comprehensive understanding of the topic.

Live training allows you to dive into real-life scenarios that simulate workplace situations, including being able to customize the scenarios to apply to the specifics of your working group. You can explore different responses to challenging situations through role-playing exercises and receive immediate feedback from experienced trainers. This practical approach equips organizations with the skills to handle similar situations effectively. If anyone has concerns about certain aspects of the training, live sessions allow for on-the-spot addressing of these questions. Trainers can provide additional context, examples, or explanations to ensure everyone’s understanding is complete. Live training offers an enriching experience that goes beyond ticking a compliance box. It empowers knowledge, skills, and strategies to actively contribute to a workplace culture free from sexual harassment.

Additional Requirements in NY This Year: Bystander Intervention and Intersectionality

Bystander intervention is a vital tool in the fight against sexual harassment. By empowering individuals to take action when they witness inappropriate behavior, organizations can create safer, more respectful environments for everyone. Incorporating bystander intervention into sexual harassment training programs not only equips individuals with the knowledge and skills they need but also sends a powerful message that everyone at an organization has a role to play in making their communities harassment-free. Remember, it's not just about being a bystander; it's about being an active ally for change.

Embracing intersectionality when choosing your training partner is not just a choice; it's a responsibility. By actively seeking diverse perspectives, engaging in open dialogue, and promoting inclusivity, you can enrich your training experiences and contribute to a more equitable and understanding organization. Remember that every interaction is an opportunity for growth, empathy, and positive change. When embarking on your training journey this year, do so with an open heart and a commitment to embracing intersectionality in all its complexity.

Lastly, with the end-of-year deadline approaching, it is recommended you take another look at your sexual harassment policy, ensure it meets the new compliance requirements, and distribute it before the training takes place.

Reach out to Kiwi Partners’ HR services to discuss how you can best meet the harassment training requirements while offering meaningful and thoughtful guidance for your team.


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