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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 five employees 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, safely, and without fear of retaliation
  • Shows that harassment complaints are taken seriously and are investigated promptly
Company leaders and employees alike want to foster a healthy company culture where everyone can thrive, but even the most well-intentioned anti-harassment policies can fall short if employees don’t feel like they can come forward. According to the EEOC, 87 to 94 percent of employees who have experienced harassment do not file a complaint, typically due to fear of retaliation. Employers can resolve this issue by utilizing the Woices app.

Woices exemplifies the EEOC’s description of  an effective reporting system. The app allows employees to report incidents quickly and easily by connecting employees to top management in seconds with just a few taps on  their smartphone. Woices prioritizes employee safety and eliminates fear of retaliation by allowing employees to choose to remain anonymous when reporting. This feature also empowers witnesses of harassment to alert company management. The chat function of the app ensures that employees will receive a fast response, showing them that company leaders take harassment complaints seriously and care about their well-being.

The way companies handle harassment cases impacts overall workplace culture, which impacts employee engagement, productivity, and turnover. In addition, mishandled harassment complaints can lead to expensive lawsuits. In 2015, the EEOC alone recovered $164.5 million for employees alleging harassmentMaking sure that employees have the tools they need to safely speak out against harassment in the workplace is essential to building and maintaining a successful company. Woices delivers a system that fulfills this need by enabling companies to easily and affordably revolutionize how their anti-harassment policies are executed. Contact the Woices team today to learn how your employees can thrive in an environment where they know that protection from harassment is just an app away.

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