Human resources firm sees increase in companies reexamining sexual misconduct policy

Sexual harassment at the workplace

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - As sexual misconduct allegations continue to surface, companies (big and small) are questioning what actions they should take.

On Wednesday morning, NBC announced the firing of Today Show anchor Matt Lauer, for sexual misconduct allegations. 

"It's like a watershed moment where one domino fell and another domino fell," Beth Kelly, President of HR Collaborative said. Her company is a human resource consulting firm taking calls left and right from their clients.

"Yes, more and more leaders are starting to ask us about how their workforce looks and is there any risk area and is there things they should be doing more proactively," Kelly said.

"Even more than what they're doing already, to really counter any harassment that might be happening in the work place." 

While Kelly says all businesses should have the basics at hand: training, awareness, and a zero tolerance policy in the handbook, executives can always do more.

She believes businesses should be getting in front of this and talking to their employees about it.

"The message needs to be clear and consistent we're not going to tolerate this kind of behavior and we're not going to tolerate it from our most senior staff," she said. "That's a strong message and that sends it to the entire company like hey, 'If the boss can lose his job ,or the executive VP can lost their, job then it can happen to me'."

Kelly also says open-door policy only goes so far. She urges bosses to get out in the elements, hang out in the break room, walk around the office and really get to know the dynamic of your company and its employees. 

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