“Prevention is the best tool to eliminate harassment in the workplace.”
Research has shown that almost 75% of employees surveyed had been affected by workplace bullying, whether as a target or a witness.
According to the EEOC If you believe that you have been treated unfavourably at work because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information, you can file a charge of Discrimination. Legal charges could cost the organization thousands of dollars.
Bevoco provides on-line training for each employee to better understand what legally constitutes inappropriate behaviour. Employees must pass a test to certify that they fully understand and will abide by company policies. Companies can also require their vendors to be part of the system. “Our training modules are compliant with new CA law – SB1343, which requires employers to provide sexual harassment prevention training every two years to both supervisory and non-supervisory employees.”
The EEOC guidance states that an employer can avoid liability only if it can prove that: 1) it reasonably tried to prevent and promptly correct the harassing behaviour; and 2) the employee unreasonably failed to take advantage of any preventive or corrective opportunities provided by the employer.
Prevention is the best tool to eliminate harassment in the workplace. Employers should clearly communicate to employees that unwelcome harassing conduct will not be tolerated. They can do this by establishing an effective complaint or grievance process, providing anti-harassment training to their managers and employees, and taking immediate and appropriate action when an employee complains.
The EEOC recommends victims first tell the harasser directly that the conduct is unwelcome and should be stopped. For many victims, this can be intimidating and difficult. Bevoco helps to simplify the process by helping the victim craft a professional communication and notify the harasser through the platform. Communications within the platform are securely stored and can be used as evidence if the harassment continues. An employee can also report cases as an innocent bystander or as a witness to inappropriate behavior at work.
Bevoco makes the reporting process easy convenient and private. It’s always Your Voice, Your Choice, with you deciding who is involved and when.
When a new case is created within the platform, Bevoco takes victims on a step-by-step process to gather the necessary information to properly document the case, including uploading evidence like images, pdfs, audio files, or videos related to the harassment. Users have the option to review their case before they complete it. Then they’re given options to either store the information for future use, share in the information directly with the harasser, or escalate the incident and share it with Human Resources. By guiding the victims through a detailed recording process, Bevoco helps to reduce time and effort if the case needs to be investigated in the future.
Employee-to-employee messages are private and can be sent to the accused prior to any human resources intervention. Bevoco provides a conflict-free, private, and secure channel for victims to resolve harassment without triggering discipline. Bevoco is built with the most secure encryption available. This ensures employee data and personal information will be kept personal. Only those with legal need-to-know are provided access to confidential information
Manage a working list of all active and inactive employees and the harassment incidences where they are involved.
SMS notifications with case access Employees receive notifications via SMS, if enabled, on their phones in addition to email. This gives users the flexibility to access messages or cases on the go.