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Can a Culture of Curiosity Minimize Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation?

Sheila Krejci, M ED is keynote speaker at Ijona Skills and she is an author, master facilitator and consultant at Sheila K Consulting, Inc. has trained and coached hundreds of corporate leaders, police and fire support staff, professional, technical and support employees and elected officials to recognize and mitigate the risks of inappropriate and destructive workplace behaviors, participate in the investigation of harassment and discrimination claims and model critical behaviors that encourage respect for healthier, happier, more productive workplaces. Her recent courses, "Cultivating Workpl........

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Overview

Now, more than ever, tensions are at an all-time high in corporate and nonprofit workplaces and conference and board rooms in every industry. The #MeToo movement has elevated a global consciousness around issues of all forms of harassment. But long before Roger Ales, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and many more high-profile celebrities were accused of inappropriate and often; illegal behavior, workplace discrimination and harassment in all forms, has been a pervasive problem; too often unreported and too often ignored. 

The EEOC as recently as 2016, expanded the legal definitions of harassment to include unwelcome offensive conduct in the workplace based on sex, (including sexual orientation, pregnancy and gender identity), race, color national origin, religion, age disability and/or genetics. And the number of "protected classes and protected activities," which varies by state, continues to grow in number and specificity.

Why should you attend?

Even, beyond the legal definitions of discrimination and harassment, incivility, as described by author Christine Porath in her book, The Cost of Bad Behavior: How Incivility is Damaging Your Business and What to Do About It, may or may not be against the law at all. Making demeaning or derogatory remarks about a coworker, avoiding someone who is has a totally different perspective, talking down to others or spreading rumors about colleagues, aren't necessarily considered illegal though they may be called into question as forms of retaliation when aimed at someone who has called out truly illegal behaviors in someone else. Regardless; incivility, itself, is incredibly expensive and demoralizing to individuals, whole teams and entire organizations!

The question is; can cultivating a workplace environment of curiosity minimize discrimination, harassment or retaliation? How? And what steps can you take to influence colleagues in your own workplace?

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Updated definitions of harassment, discrimination and retaliation in today's workplaces
  • The devastating impacts to individuals and whole organizations when discrimination, harassment and retaliation remain unchecked in our workplaces
  • A Culture of Curiosity. What it is and what are the specific behaviors expected? How does it develop and is it sustainable? What does the science tell us?
  • How leaders can lead demonstrating their personal commitment to changing culture
  • Practical suggestions for actions anyone can do right now, to create a new Curiosity Culture.

Who can Benefit:

  • Owners
  • Managers and Supervisors
  • HR Professionals at all levels
  • Trainers or Facilitator
  • Risk Management professionals
  • Workshop Leaders
  • Coaches
  • All types of team leaders and their teams
Webinar Id: ISSSK027

Duration: 60 mins

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