Time for a new approach to tackling sexual harassment?

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Tackling sexual harassment is one of the biggest challenges facing HR right now – and as this week’s news has shown, it’s an issue that’s not going to go away any time soon.

Hot on the heels of the furore around Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment as a US Supreme Court judge comes a damning review of the culture at Save the Children UK. An independent report shows that almost one in five staff at the charity has experienced harassment or discrimination, with ‘unwanted sexual attention’ featuring on the list of complaints.

When allegations of sexual harassment are made, HR’s first response is usually to reach for the formal disciplinary and grievance procedure. This is often driven in part by the organisation’s anxiety to be seen to be ‘doing something’. Witness the many reports of organisations introducing new codes of conduct, launching ‘call-it-out’ campaigns and commissioning reviews of corporate culture in the year since the #MeToo campaign first hit the headlines.

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A new white paper published by dispute resolution specialists The TCM Group questions, however, whether these undoubtedly well-meaning initiatives are knee-jerk reactions that are failing to get to the heart of the issue and in some cases serve to inflame rather than resolve situations.

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