Learn how to facilitate a discussion with workforce about harassment, including the use of scenarios to guide the conversation, how to set the discussion up with ground rules, and how to follow up afterwards.
- You might be thinking that harassment…is a big company problem,…and if you're in a smaller business,…you're clear of dealing with this.…I challenge you to ask five women you know personally…if they've ever experienced sexual harassment…and they will all tell you in fact, they absolutely have.…So in addition to my challenge,…and any formal harassment training your company offers,…I suggest having a more open and emotional discussion…about harassment with your team at work.…I know that might seem scary…because it could bring up emotions,…but it will remind employees that harassment…is a human problem that requires empathy…and caring for each other.…
Remember, that one of the reasons people…don't report harassment is because it's an emotional topic.…It goes against standard workplace behavior…to talk about emotions, they're taboo.…While formal training keeps…the topic stale and unemotional,…let's get people feeling more comfortable…talking about the experience of being human, shall we?…Conversations about sexual harassment…
- Explain why you should always think of sexual harassment in terms of power.
- Recognize how to justify discipline without abusing the rights of the person you are disciplining.
- Recall how to address the values of your workplace culture without challenging or creating negativity.
- Identify the benefits of paying attention to the body language of coworkers.
- Name the default position companies should take on managers dating subordinates.