Emtrain Blog

NEW! Preventing Workplace Harassment Course Update

Posted by Allison Baker

November 17, 2016

Creating a respectful workplace is more important for employers now than ever. Employers have a greater responsibility to take steps to prevent harassment and many are failing to create effective prevention plans.

In fact, the EEOC task force reported in June that corporate harassment training has generally not changed workforce behavior due to the “check-the-box” nature of most programs.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Preventing Harassment, workplace harassment, workplace culture

Top 10 Workplace Investigation Mistakes: Part 2

Posted by Patti Perez

October 20, 2016

This article was drafted by the attorneys of Ogletree Deakins, a labor and employment law firm representing management, and is reprinted with permission. This information should not be relied upon as legal advice.

In part one of this two-part series, we covered five of the most common mistakes that employers make while conducting workplace investigations, including poor complaint mechanisms, ignoring employee complaints, failing to adequately plan an investigation, and failing to be objective while investigating employees. In part two, we will review five additional common—and costly—mistakes.

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Topics: HR Compliance, workplace harassment, Harassment Investigations

Stop Workplace Harassment In Its Tracks With This Free Tool

Posted by Allison Baker

July 12, 2016

What we know from years of answering employee questions is that many employees aren’t clear about what constitutes illegal harassment and discrimination.

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Topics: HR, HR Compliance, workplace harassment

Is Your Organization at Risk for Workplace Violence?

Posted by Allison Baker

June 16, 2016

 Every year in the U.S., 2 million people are affected by workplace violence. From physical harassment to emotional and verbal abuse, the cost of workplace violence has increased significantly in the last 20 years.

Since 1995, the annual cost of workplace violence has increased from $36 billion to $130 billion. Monetary costs aside, this problematic workplace behavior takes an emotional and physical toll on employees, shareholders, family members, and the community as a whole.

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Topics: HR, workplace harassment, workplace violence

How to Prevent Violence in the Canadian Workplace

Posted by Allison Baker

June 14, 2016

 Workplace violence is a serious concern in Canada. In fact, more internet searches for “workplace violence” have come from Canada than anywhere else in the world.

Perhaps the reason so many Canadians are searching for answers is that the term “workplace violence” is extremely broad and can include various types of physical and verbal harassment.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety notes that workplace violence isn’t limited to a physical attack; it can also include threatening behavior, verbal or written threats, harassment, or verbal abuse.

New Canadian laws are making it easier to prevent and report workplace violence and harassment, but there are additional steps employers can take to prevent workplace violence.

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Topics: HR, workplace harassment, workplace violence

How to Prevent Bullying in Your International Workplace

Posted by Allison Baker

June 8, 2016


In a recent survey, Emtrain asked which workplace issue employers were most worried about. Of those polled, 67% named workplace bullying as the workplace issue that concerned them the most.

Even though many countries still don’t have anti-bullying laws in place, workplace bullying remains a trending international workplace issue.

According to the Healthy Workplace Campaign, workplace bullying is defined as repeated health-harming mistreatment that takes one or more of the following forms:

  • Verbal abuse.

  • Offensive behaviors that are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating.

  • Work interference or sabotage that prevents work from getting done.

Illegal or not, workplace bullying kills productivity, damages your employer brand, and can even lead to costly lawsuits, depending on the discrimination and harassment laws in your country.

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Topics: HR, workplace harassment, Employment Law, international employment law, workplace bullying