All employees deserve a work environment that enables them to be comfortable, motivated and productive. Maintaining a healthy workplace is also good for business. At LSI, we have zero tolerance for anything that compromises our workplace â€“ including harassment.
Often in society, itâ€™s intentional, but many times people are unaware that their behavior is actually harassment. From off-color jokes to inappropriate physical contact, harassment can take many forms. Whether the offenders are aware or unaware of their actions, there really is no excuse for it.
Why one person would harass another goes against the grain of most of us. But unfortunately it happens on occasion, and the consequences can be extremely harmful and painful. No one should be subjected to discrimination, belittlement, stalking or other types of adverse activity â€“ either intentional or unintentional â€“ no matter where they work or live.
Implementing anti-harassment controls
People should be able to go to work and feel comfortable with how theyâ€™re treated by their colleagues. Maintaining a hostile-free environment is key and the basis for anti-harassment policies that are in effect at thousands of businesses across the nation.
Here at LSI, not only do we have a policy in place that prohibits any type of harassment, we also require our current as well as new employees to complete anti-harassment training, no matter where theyâ€™re located in the world.
By enforcing our anti-harassment policy globally, weâ€™re actually going beyond what many countries require of employers. And rightfully so. In fact, we have a department thatâ€™s dedicated to employee relations, ensuring our employees have a work environment they can be proud of and are able to do their best work.
Our policy states, in part, that we â€śprovide an environment where employees can work free of harassment of any kind, including harassment based upon a personâ€™s sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical appearance, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, pregnancy or any other basis protected by applicable law.â€ť
Managers key to monitoring compliance
The policy goes on to say that â€śharassment not only violates company policy, but may also be illegal. Its occurrence may subject an employee to discipline, up to and including termination. LSIâ€™s policy against harassment applies to every employee, independent contractor, consultant, vendor or customer of the company. All managers are responsible for implementing and monitoring compliance with this policy.â€ť
Susan Kodet, our senior manager in Employee Relations, provides some additional perspective.
â€śPeople today are better educated and more conscious of what is appropriate and inappropriate at work,â€ť said Kodet. â€śWeâ€™ve also discovered that there are situations where employees honestly are unaware that they are offending those around them with their words or actions.â€ť
Our leaders and employees work with HR to provide a safe and harassment free workplace that everyone can enjoy. At the same time, itâ€™s everyoneâ€™s responsibility to prevent inappropriate behavior. The key is having an open culture where employees are empowered and confident that we have their back in stopping these types of situations from occurring.
Clearly, we can never let our guard down in controlling harassment, not even for a moment. Zero tolerance, no excuses.