Martha Farrell Foundation conducted a day-long orientation on “Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at the workplace” with the executives and employees of Trident Hotel, Chennai.
A part of the Oberoi Group which was founded in 1934 and now operates in seven countries, Trident is one of the five-star brands that the Group operates under (besides operating 31 luxury 'Oberoi' hotels, resorts and 2 river cruise ships in Kerala). The Group is also engaged in flight catering, airport restaurants, travel and tour services, car rentals, project management and corporate air charters.
The workshop was conducted in two sets – one with 30 executives (including Internal Committee members) and the other with 30 employees from Kitchen, Housekeeping, Finance and Front Desk departments. Each group underwent 3 hours of orientation. The focus of the session with executives was on understanding boundaries, consent, appropriate and inappropriate behaviour, and power dynamics at a workplace workplace. With employees, the discussion centred around building a collective and comprehensive understanding of sexual harassment.
The importance of having this conversation in an organisation, especially in the hospitality industry, was eminently discussed. Employees shared how they face sexual harassment not just within an organisation but in dealing with clients and guests as well – an unavoidable occupational hazard in the service sector. It was concluded, therefore, that the management is responsible for taking extra precautionary measures in order to create a safe working environment for the staff at every level. In the course of raising employee awareness on the redressal framework, the orientation demystified the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, Redressal) Act, 2013, and informed them of the roles and responsibilities of IC members in making workplaces safe. In the end, each department listed recommendations for the management that would enable a conducive workplace.