In an article in The Washington Post, Shauhin Talesh discusses the idea that insurance plans covering corporate harassment allegations actually benefit the employers, not the employees. This tactic is akin to the ineffective harassment training I have blogged about previously.
Companies use these ‘arcane tools’ as legal shields for themselves, and not to protect the victims. Not until organizational leaders stop trying to protect their own behinds, and begin being proactive and transparent in creating positive, safe and fair cultures, where bullying, abuse and harassment are just not tolerated.
In my book, From Bully to Bull’s-Eye: Move Your Organization Out of the Line of Fire, I advise that when inappropriate behaviour does occur, it is swiftly investigated and dealt with.
Andrew Faas is a Public Voices Fellow at Yale University
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