October is the two-year anniversary of #MeToo going viral. The Spot team wants to recognize this milestone, which led to a fundamental shift in how we talk about sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Traditional harassment training has been largely ineffective. At Spot, we looked at what hasn’t worked and designed a more innovative, inclusive approach. Today we’re launching digital sexual harassment prevention training, reimagined for the #metoo era.
For the last few decades, organizations have pumped considerable time, money, and resources into Harassment and Discrimination Training (HDT) for their employees. These programs are designed to improve workplace safety and culture and, in many cases, check compliance boxes.
When it comes to harassment and discrimination reporting, security and privacy are crucial, both to the employees who speak up about incidents and to the HR teams that handle them. Our engineering team has built Spot so that everyone can feel safe and secure trusting our platform with their data.
When a person has harassment or discrimination to report, we’ve found that they often have files that support their account of the incident: for example, screenshots of emails or text messages, or photos that demonstrate what happened. This supporting information can be critical during an investigation, yet existing tools for reporting inappropriate behavior in the workplace don’t typically include an anonymous way to share them.
As fall approaches, California employers have just a few short months to ensure that their harassment prevention policies are in compliance with a new round of legislation going into effect in January 2020.
Most incidents of workplace harassment or discrimination don’t happen in the dark, but you’re still unlikely to hear about them. Witnesses don’t typically speak up about what they heard or saw. By addressing the witness underreporting problem, employers can access a largely untapped source of information that can help them gain insight into what’s happening within their organization.
According to an international study with over 1,000 participants, people who witnessed harassment or discrimination at work told many people about it, but they didn’t tell HR.
If you’ve ever felt uncomfortable at work, you’re not alone. Workplace harassment and discrimination can take many forms, some of which are subtle and hard to detect.