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    Four strategies to prevent sexual harassment in your practice

    Clear policies, compliance training will help keep harassment from happening


    Prevention strategy 4: Specialized training. The EEOC report calls out two types of training that may be effective in preventing harassment in the workplace:

    Workplace civility training. According to the EEOC, this focuses on “establishing expectations of civility and respect in the workplace, and on providing management and employees the tools they need to meet such expectations. The beauty of workplace civility training is that it is focused on the positive—what employees and managers should do, rather than on what they should not do. In addition, by appealing to all individuals in the workplace, regardless of social identity or perceived proclivity to harass, civility training might avoid some of the resistance met by interventions exclusively targeting harassment.” For more, see bit.ly/EEOCtrainingprogram.

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    Bystander intervention training. This is a tool commonly employed on campuses to prevent violent sexual assault that addresses the empowerment of witnesses and bystanders. The EEOC recommends its potential inclusion in other workplace environments’ training programs. For more, see a list of available programs compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at bit.ly/Preventionstrategies.

    Bottom line: Prevention is the most powerful strategy to address sexual harassment in the workplace. Whether you are a practice owner, employer, employee, or a medical staff member in a hospital, you should be aware of the potential for sexual harassment in the medical workplace and the effective methods of prevention.

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    Robert A. Dowling, MD
    Dr. Dowling is president of Dowling Medical Director Services, a private health care consulting firm specializing in quality ...


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