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How to Address #MeToo Issues in Your Small Business

Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET.  This is excerpted from my recent interview with Deb Muller @hracuity Deb is the founder, and CEO of SaaS startup, HR Acuity. She advises companies, including LinkedIn and Facebook about their processes in handling #MeToo complaints and is known as a “fixer” in the world of HR. www.HRAcuity.com SmallBizLady: In today’s #MeToo environment, we have heard about allegations made in big companies, but what about small businesses.  Is this something they need to be tuned into? Deb Muller: YES! Employee issues of all kinds–do not discriminate based on size of an organization.  But for small business owners the impact and cost can be even more devastating. So, considering the “what if?” or “what now?” is a great first step. SmallBizLady: But we don’t really hear about such incidents in small businesses.   Deb Muller: They are handled internally and don’t make a good headline. Yet HR training & policies are often absent. An @SourceMediaCo study showed organizations of less than 100 Employees are 16% more likely to report a high prevalence of #MeToo incidents than larger organizations. SmallBizLady: What is the potential impact of a harassment claim on a small business? Deb Muller: In 2015, a Hiscox Small Business study reviewed EEOC claims and found the average damage in small and medium firms is $125K with 25% resulting in judgments over $500K. Those are the hard costs. Other costs include loss of productivity, absenteeism and turnover. SmallBizLady: What are some of the first things that a small business should be doing?   Deb Muller: Small firms don’t often have HR department to handle #MeToo or other complaints. Plus, the federal government doesn’t regulate firms under 15 Emp. Small firms can still create a culture of expected behavior and an anonymous reporting system. Make it easily accessible. SmallBizLady: Is training important to prevent sexual harassment? Deb Muller: NYC just passed a law requiring harassment training for any company with more than 15 employees. Even…

Who’s on #Smallbizchat August 2018

#Smallbizchat is a weekly conversation where small business owners can get answers to their questions. The focus of #Smallbizchat is to end small business failure by helping participants succeed as your own boss.   Please join us live on Twitter every Wednesday 8-9 pm ET. Here’s how: follow @SmallBizChat on Twitter and follow the hashtag #Smallbizchat and click here for directions to join the weekly conversation.   In August, we will be talking about branding, addressing #MeToo in businesses, and join us on August 15th, we will be hosting #Smallbizchat LIVE on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, about the following topics:  love and business, profitability, and business networking. Here is a list of who is on #Smallbizchat in August: August 1st – How to Turn Your Business Venture into an Admired Brand, @finieninsights Fabian Geyrhalter is a renowned Brand Strategist and the Founder and Principal of FINIEN. He is the author of Bigger Than This.  For more information, visit www.FINIEN.com.   August 8th – How to Innovate and Grow Your Business, @2Excellyourbiz Michael Haynes is a B2B Strategist that helps small businesses grow using customer-driven strategies. He is also the author of Listen Innovate Grow to help small businesses drive growth through B2B. Learn more at www.listeninnovategrow.com.   August 15th – #Smallbizchat LIVE on Facebook How to Balance Love and Success in Your Business, @charreah Charreah K. Jackson is an international speaker, coach, and ESSENCE Senior Editor, empowering the brand’s global audience of 13 million.  Charreah is the author of Boss Bride: The Powerful Woman’s Playbook for Love & Success. Find out more at www.Charreah.com. Creating a Permanently Profitable Business, @mikemichalowicz Mike Michalowicz is the author of Profit First and other popular business books. Mike is an author, podcaster, speaker, business columnist and tv host.  Learn more at www.MikeMichalowicz.com.   How to Leverage Your Network for Warm Referrals, @BrynneTillman Brynne Tillman is an Amazon bestselling author of The LinkedIn Sales Playbook: a Tactical Guide to Social Selling. As a career sales professional herself, Brynne bridges the gap between traditional sales, networking, and social media.  Learn more at www.socialsaleslink.com.   August 22nd – How to Address #MeToo Issues in Your Business, @hracuity Deb Muller is the founder and CEO of HR Acuity,…

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