Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The recent increasing number of sexual assault allegations in the workplace and the viral hashtags #MeToo and #YesAllWomen have made the world aware of the prevalence of sexual assault in the workplace. Sexual harassment can lead to an onslaught of issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder in victims who are now coping with the aftermath, and reduced worker productivity as some high performing employees, are forced to leave and flag such workplaces as toxic. Many companies throughout the world and in Zambia incur losses every year, as they spend millions in criminal and civil litigations as a result of sexual harassment. As a result, companies are taking action to train their workforce on appropriate conduct and to establish effective sexual harassment policies.

PsycHealth Zambia conducted training workshops for Express Credit to sensitise employees on sexual harassment in the work place. The workshops assisted employees in identifying incidences of sexual harassment, how to prevent it and the actions to follow once faced with sexual harassment. After the initial workshop for the Express Credit Lusaka employees, PsycHealth Zambia rolled out the workshops to the rest of the organisation’s branches in Chipata, Kabwe, Kitwe, Ndola, Mansa, Solwezi and Kasama.

 

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