The Human Resources Department handles many work place issues, including sexual harassment. But being an HR worker is a position that requires some training. Del Mar College is making sure their HR students are well prepared in addressing what is a big topic of conversation lately -- sexual misconduct.
With all the recent cases of sexual harassment allegations, Dr. Shannon Ydoyaga, a Del Mar College Dean and professor of the Human Resources Management class, has noticed the classroom dialogue changing.
"The students have been very clear in saying that the environment has shifted," Dr. Ydoyaga said, "and that it's important for people to feel comfortable in order to come forward."
Since the topic has been in national news lately, minor changes in the class are taking place. Those are to make sure students who encounter this problem in the future, know how to address it.
"The main changes that we'll look at is just adding additional case studies and really looking at the appropriate responses because harassment does occur in different forms," Dr. Ydoyaga said.
Case studies are an efficient learning tool to see how students respond in different scenarios. So, when the students move on to their career as an HR worker, they will know how to handle the problem when sexual harassment cases come across their desk.
Another lesson Dr. Ydoyaga hopes her students take away from the class, is that human resource workers are there to help create a workplace environment where employees feel comfortable in coming forward and speaking out.
"We learn about the topics so students can learn how to respond, what the policy should look like, and that they need to take immediate action," Dr. Ydoyaga said. "It can be a difficult conversation, but the important thing is for employees to feel comfortable so it can be taken care of immediately."
Dr. Ydoyaga also notes that responding to a sexual misconduct case in the workplace needs to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible.