All workplaces have times when things can get intense. Stress runs high. Tempers flare. In most cases, with a little time, everything eventually settles down, and it’s back to business as usual. Wouldn’t it be nice to help that process along?
When employees cross the line
Sometimes the problems are much more serious. Respect tanks and employees start using the following words to describe the circumstances:
- Sexual harassment
You need to act
When the situation is out of hand (hopefully before), you need to take action. Ideally, you should identify those folks who are causing the problems and deal with them directly.
There are times when the problems may be widespread and you might not be sure who’s at the root of it. When that happens, you can at least begin addressing the situation by doing a workshop.
While it’s easy to believe these bad behaviors are intentional, that’s not always the case. Sometimes a person may not be aware of how his or her behavior affects coworkers.
A workshop can raise the awareness of what is and is not acceptable in the workplace. It gives everyone a chance to self-correct before you have to impose stiff consequences.
Our respect workshops typically all focus on three main objectives:
- Everyone understands what the bad behavior looks like. The goal is to remove the “I didn’t know” excuse.
- Everyone is inspired to contribute to a more respectful workplace.
- Everyone knows what they can do if they are on the receiving end of disrespectful behavior.
Unless the problem is well known, we usually position the workshops as proactive or preventive. When there is a big problem, we can also take the discussion down from 10,000 feet and talk about what’s happening in the workplace.
Many companies do sexual harassment prevention training on a regular basis. Employees typically dread this bi-annual ritual.
They are pleasantly surprised when they attend our workshops. When reserved they might begrudgingly say, “That wasn’t so bad.” More times than not, they let us know they really liked the workshop. They learned a lot and had some fun during the process.
Whether the topic is sexual harassment, bullying, or respect; we can help you create a healthy, productive workplace.