The national delusion that decent human beings don’t need to be told sexually harassing colleagues is unacceptable behavior has come to an abrupt end, leaving businesses and institutions scrambling for appropriate training for working within the new normal. How the crisis became so blatant and widespread boggles the mind, but we must pour our energies into unequivocally creating safe workspaces.

Which makes this clip from our library all the more relevant. Employees universally dread sexual harassment training, so what was intended to be a situation that was so over-the-top it needed no explanation has become eerily prescient. Cringe along with Maria at her boss’s clumsy overtures before celebrating how she nimbly turns the tables without fear of retaliation. Encourage employees who get caught in an uncomfortable situation to do their best to emulate her by taking control, leaving the room and then calling your helpline.

QUESTIONS

What did Kevin do wrong in this scene? What did Maria do right?

Is pursuing a workplace relationship automatically harassment? Why or why not?

Where is the line between friendship or compliments and harassment?

Why do people often remain silent about sexual harassment?

What needs to change in our office to create a speak up culture?

Where can you go (besides the helpline) when you see or experience harassment?

 

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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.

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