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Sexual harassment can happen anywhere. Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company with thousands of employees or a small startup sharing a co-working space, sexual harassment can and does happen. So what do you do when it happens? For small companies, this answer isn’t always clear, which can encourage a culture of staying silent.

A recent Harvard Business Review article on sexual harassment in small firms identified several characteristics that make small businesses more susceptible to sexual harassment. Most importantly, smaller firms often do not have an HR department, meaning that it’s up to CEOs to manage and oversee workplace behavior. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 75% of sexual harassment incidents in the workplace go unreported due to fear of retaliation. That fear is a lot greater when the person you have to report sexual harassment to happens to be your boss.
In addition to being more susceptible to sexual harassment, the consequences for workplace p…
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The Missing Link in Reporting Workplace Harassment

A nationwide survey launched by Stop Street Harassment to understand why the #MeToo movement gained so much traction has revealed that 81% of women and 43% of men in the United States have experienced some form of sexual harassment in their lives. Approximately 26% of these sexual harassment cases occurred in the victim’s workplace. With one in fiveemployees facing sexual harassment at their place of work, it is clear that it is time to revolutionize the way harassment cases are reported and processed. 

Based on a comprehensive study of harassment in the workplace in 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recommended that companies integrate standardized anti-harassment policies into their company cultures. The EEOC emphasized that the harassment reporting system a company uses is crucial to successfully combating workplace harassment. In the report, the EEOC suggests that companies should have a reporting system that: Allows employees to report misconduct quickly…

Giving a Voice to The Silent Majority

“We’re on the best places to work list!” It’s something employers love to brag about, but one has to wonder whether the lists serve a useful purpose. Workplace rankings can be found all over the web. They’re featured on sites such as Business Insider, Glassdoor, and Forbes, just to name a few.
One of the biggest flaws of those rankings however, is the fact that the human dynamics of an organization can’t be summed up in a single study. In many cases, high-level surveys from outside parties aren’t even going to touch on hard hitting topics that employers prefer to avoid. Think office politics, workplace stress, and even harassment.
Sexual harassment in the workplace isn’t easy to talk about, yet it’s something companies literally can’t afford to ignore. A study found that for every employee harassed in a company, that employer loses out on $22,500 annually in lost productivity.
A taboo within workplaces The common school of thought for employees is that when an individual sees somethin…

A Happy Work Culture

HAPPIER EMPLOYEES = GREATER PRODUCTIVITY
33% - We spend about a third of our lives at work! Let that sink in.
It’s no longer a secret. Having a positive work culture directly influences employees in a positive way. Happy employees are much more likely to give it their best at work (think productivity). When employees wake up motivated and excited, as opposed to dreading going into the office and “working toward the weekend”, the results are going to reflect it.
An average employee spends a third of their life at a workplace; imagine how influential that workplace becomes to the individual. Hours upon hours are spent meeting deadlines and expectations of the company. If that influence is positive, the outcome of the work is much more likely to be positive. Instead of simply getting the work done, if an employee is truly vested in the company and feels both value toward and valued by that company, then their work will reflect these attitudes.
Naturally, when an employee is satisfied wi…

Technology Worth Implementing

Compliance. Engagement. Insight. The Woices App provides companies with all of these. So let’s ask the question - is it worth it?

In today’s modern business, technology is advancing at a breakneck pace that leave many scratching their heads. The question becomes what technologies are worth the investment? This investment comes not only in purchasing the product, platform, or infrastructure, but in the employee cost of setup, learning, and upkeep.

A common pitfall however, is acquiring the newest technologies for the sake of having the latest and greatest (easy to see with the release of any new iPhone when it hits the market). The purpose of incorporating something new should have a focus on giving companies a competitive advantage. So, let’s take a close look at the Woices App, and see if it makes sense for Your Company to make the investment!

Firstly, the Woices App provides an unprecedented means of Compliance Reporting. Think your company doesn’t have a problem with compliance…

Accountability

Cause and effect is a simple yet invaluable concept that is learned at a very young age. IF you touch the stove, THEN you will get burned. IF you don’t eat, THEN you will get hungry. As we mature, this set of causal relationships is engrained in our behavior. We become hardwired to avoid negative consequences.
What happens however when the threat of those consequences are removed? Would we drive the speed limit if there wasn’t a threat of seeing those flashing blue lights in the rearview? Would we waste our valuable time aiming for those eight hours of sleep if we felt fine getting only a couple each night?
Would your boss think twice about making a lewd “joke” if there was a threat of actual consequences?
Harassment often starts as an off-handed comment. Perhaps it’s inappropriate language, a misplaced insult or even a suggestive compliment. When that isn’t met with opposition, or even the fear of reprimand, then it can gradually escalate. An insult can turn into a mumbled racial slu…

Communication, a Two-Way Street

Successful companies encourage employee engagement at every level. Think innovation and the brightest ideas come only from top level executives? Think again! Consider Brian Dunn, who started with Best Buy as a sales associate back in the 80's. There were only a dozen stores operating back then. He was named Director and CEO in 2009. The same path was taken by William Weldon who started his career in sales at Johnson & Johnson in 1971, fresh out of college. He was named Vice Chairman and CEO of the company in 2002. This general workforce to CEO trajectory isn't unique. CEOs from hugely successful companies such as Harley Davidson, UPS, Xerox and General Electric all started from the bottom with ideas and genius that propelled them to running the company.
The question then, is how can an employee’s ideas, creativity, and innovations actually be heard? CEOs often discover that the greatest obstacle to hearing employees comes from a roadblock within upper management. In…