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Fostering a Healthy Workplace Culture


When I listened to Rhea’s voicemail message, I could hear the panic in her voice. She said that she had made an appointment for later that week, but she felt she needed to talk to someone right away because she was so concerned about the situation she and the other owners of her company were facing. I called her back and she explained to me that a man who worked for her had accused a female co-worker of sexual assault and harassment. She wanted to make sure everyone was safe and that she was conducting an appropriate investigation, and she was also worried that these allegations could ruin her business’s reputation in the community.

Even though it’s hard for many of us to even acknowledge, the emotional and physical impacts of harassment and discrimination are not the only issues many business owners need to face when they have employees. When we love our employees and think of our workplace as a family, it is stressful to