The scourge of workplace sexual harassment has been dragged kicking and screaming into the light. Now is the time to address this hot button issue with all employees, from entry level to top executives, clearly outlining what constitutes sexual harassment as well as the proper steps for reporting any inappropriate behavior.
David Schwimmer (of “Friends” fame) has created an excellent series of #ThatsHarassment videos to launch these tough discussions. “The Boss” is the perfect segment to use with your entire company because of both its verisimilitude and the fact that it hits both the employee and employer sides of the equation.
NOTE: The National Women’s Law Center has a discussion guide you can download for all the videos in the #ThatsHarassment series.
What do you think was accurate about this scene? Inaccurate?
How might the Boss in this scene justify this behavior as appropriate?
Why might the woman in this scene decide not to report the incident?
Do you think any of these attitudes exist in our work environment? Explain.
What can you do to help prevent sexual harassment in our workplace?
Where can an employee go to safely report any sexual harassment they have experienced or witnessed?
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Bryan Belknap, an award-winning screenwriter and speaker, is Creative Director at Resonate Pictures, which specializes in story-based training and branding films. His new ebook “How to Teach Ethics and Compliance with Hollywood Movie Clips” is available for free download.Tags: code of conduct, employee relations, ethics and compliance, Harvey Weinstein, HR, sexual harassment, workplace relationships