Ethics Helpline

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So, now we know what types of harassment plague the office, the next step is to stop it.

Here are three ways.

  1. Implement, Update, Revive Your Policy

Whatever verb is applicable to your policy situation, do it.

If you do not have a policy yet – create one 

If you do have but it is out of date and has not been updated for some time – update it

If you do have but no one cares or knows it exists – dust it off and enforce it.

If there is a policy, and it is accurate and enforced, staff will have no reason not to abide by it. But as long as there is no guiding light for conduct and misconduct, you are asking for chaos.

 

  1. Train Your Staff

Train your employees on what harassment is, how to recognize it and how to report it.

 

  1. Implement, Update, Revive Your Internal Complaint System

Policy and training can only do so much.

To supplement a policy, and to step in when it is not enough, an internal complaint system can make employees feel safe and supported.

Unless you have a formal complaint system that acknowledges the victim’s rights to anonymity and security from retaliation, they probably will not come forward.

Victims will fear the potential backlash, and the lack of support might be worse than the harassment they already face.

 

About the POEC

To administer and enforce the Public Officers’ Ethics Act which comprises of the code of conduct and ethics for public officers and declarations of income, assets and liabilities for designated public officers.

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