Bystanders can play a crucial role in helping employers to learn about and address incidents of workplace harassment.
However, we know that bystanders often do not intervene to stop harassment or even report it to anyone.
If we want to encourage bystander intervention in our workplaces, we first have to understand who bystanders are and how they can intervene. Then, we have to figure out how bystanders decide whether to act. How can we make our workplaces ones where it is safe to speak up?
This session will provide an overview of bystanders, including bystander intervention strategies and an examination of why bystanders choose not to intervene. It will provide suggestions for encouraging bystander intervention in the workplace.
References to practical examples and strategies from case law and research will be used throughout.
- Understand who bystanders are in the context of workplace harassment and the strategies that workplace bystanders can use to intervene.
- Understand what motivates some bystanders to speak up and what prevents others from doing so.
- Learn how to encourage bystander intervention in your workplace.
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