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As an employer it is imperative that you can ensure your workplace remain safe for all of your employees. One aspect of this is to create a policy that can protect your employees from harassment. How do you go about creating a policy that will keep your employees safe but not establish an environment that is overly restrictive? Here are three steps you can follow to create a smart anti-harassment policy for your business.

Consult a Professional Expert

The first thing you must do is talk to an expert in employment law. This may be a lawyer or a Human Resources professional who can help you figure out the best ways to implement your policies. Without this step you could open yourself up to bigger issues if your policies aren’t clear or compliant with local and federal laws. A professional can also help you implement the policy.

Make the Policy Accessible to Everyone

Next, make sure to include the new information in your employee handbook. Each current employee should receive a memo letting them know about the new policy and they should be required to sign a statement that indicates they’ve read and understood it. Add this policy to your new employee orientations. Make sure everyone has a copy of the handbook or that it is accessible within the office.

Don’t be Afraid of Consequences

Finally, once you have enacted this new policy and let everyone know don’t be afraid to take action against violators. Everyone in your office deserves to feel safe on the job. There shouldn’t be warnings or chances. If someone has signed the statement indicating they have read the policy they should be spoken to, and addressed¬†immediately if it is violated. If someone violates policy they need to know that there are consequences to pay. This will also protect the rest of your team if they don’t see special treatment when someone breaks the rules.

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