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Andrew Rawson, chief learning officer and co-founder of Traliant, instructs actors in a sexual harassment training video.

Since the Harvey Weinstein revelations and the birth of the #MeToo movement, the need for sexual harassment training in California businesses has taken on new urgency.

A Manhattan Beach company is helping to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace with high-quality video training. Andrew Rawson, chief learning officer and co-founder of Traliant, is on a mission: to “take your compliance training from boring to brilliant.” 

Companies with more than 50 employees are required to train its managers in sexual harassment prevention every two years, according to Rawson. Many businesses, he said, are busy and haven't always met those deadlines.

“We’re finding companies coming to us almost daily asking us, ‘How quick can I get your training in place?’ Luckily, we deliver our training from the Cloud, so we can get companies set up in a matter of days when necessary.”

Traliant began offering services in December 2016, and in its first twelve months, they added more than 300 customers. But, in just the first two months of 2018, they signed almost another 100, according to Rawson.

A majority of the training programs on the market are effectively slide shows, with the manager passively watching a segment, clicking next and watching another segment, said Rawson. By contrast, Traliant's approach, "doesn’t bore people to death or insult their intelligence," said Rawson.

"(Managers) get to choose and view alternate endings and choose their own path through the course.”

Because Traliant is based on the Manhattan Beach Studios Media Campus, they use real working actors in their videos, giving them a competitive advantage.

"We bring a little bit of the good parts of Hollywood to our production,” said Rawson. “Being on the MBS Campus gives us great access to industry professionals which is key to producing high-quality video. Second, we work with local CPAs and lawyers who share our vision of taking compliance training, as we like to say, ‘from boring to brilliant.’”

Rawson notes that Traliant is “built for companies that want to deliver training that will have a real impact on their employees, both in terms of morale and education. Our customers tell us that their colleagues believe their company is serious about reducing or eliminating issues involving sexual harassment when they use Traliant’s courses.”

And there’s more to Traliant’s techniques than one-on-one employee instruction.

“Because we are also training people on bystander intervention techniques, if we can’t eliminate incidents, we can help ensure those don’t go unreported if they do occur,” Rawston said.

The company contracts with a diverse group of customers across the South Bay and Los Angeles, including Beach Cities Health District in Redondo Beach and SkyRocket Toys in Marina Del Ray, along with nationally-known companies such as LA Fitness, Inkling, Grammarly, Bowers and Wilkens, and many other California customers.

“While they span virtually every industry, we found that companies that see themselves as innovators in their field tend to gravitate to Traliant and our modern style of training,” said Rawson.

For more information on Traliant’s training courses, visit traliant.com.

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