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ERIC Number: ED227527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct-16
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Communication Training as a Prevention to Sexual Harassment.
Berryman-Fink, Cynthia
Although illegal, sexual harassment is frequent in the American workplace and extremely disruptive and costly to employees and employers alike. Most organizational responses to the problem have been hard line, short term, after-the-fact measures that inform, threaten, or discipline employees. What is needed, however, is a training program with an emphasis on understanding and improving male-female interaction on the job. Such a program should include information about the definition and legalities of sexual harassment, information about company philosophy and grievance procedures, awareness training about typical causes of sexual harassment, and male-female interaction training as a way to prevent sexual harassment. Awareness of male-female differences in verbal, nonverbal, and interpersonal communication should clarify both male and female workers' misunderstandings of each others' motives and behaviors. Finally, both sexes should also learn to develop new, nonstereotyped communication skills. (JL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Communication, Language and Gender Conference (Athens, OH, October 1982).