Why Bystander Training?

#metoo and the #antiracism movements have shown that sexual harassment, racial discrimination and disrespect are still common in our workplaces.  We all want to make a difference, but how?

Traditional workplace harassment training is not effective. In many places, harassment training has been mandatory for decades, yet the problem still exists.  In 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission conducted a longitudinal study that found no evidence that harassment training was effective. Subsequent studies and academic analysis suggest a few fatal flaws to traditional harassment training:

  • All of the responsibility for addressing harassment, and the sole focus of the training, is on perpetrators (they should stop) and victims (they should speak up). This leaves the other 98% of the training attendees gaining nothing from the session.  The perpetrator and victim are often the worst-positioned to actually deal with the issue.
  • Much training is off-the-shelf and generic, using language and examples that are at best not relatable and at worst confusing. This alienates people from the training.

StandUP Teams™ incorporates modern best practices to deliver customized training that is relatable and relevant to everyone who attends.  We give a safe place for attendees to learn and practice skills to “see something, say something.” Respect in the workplace is everyone's business, and good for business.

Bystander Training is a proactive way to prevent:

External Investigation

External Investigations into a workplace bullying/harassment complaint can cost $50,000 plus

Damages Awards

BC Human Rights Tribunal recently awarded injury to dignity damages of $40,000 in a sexual harassment case, expressly stating that “the trend for these damages is upward.” (Araniva v. RSY Contracting and another (No. 3), 2019 BCHRT 97)

Human Rights Complaint

Defending a human rights complaint or other legal action to hearing (legal costs only) $50,000 to $100,000 plus

StandUP Teams Package Includes:

  • Customized, readable Respectful Workplace Policy, codesigned with your HR team
  • Customized, relatable training workshops, codesigned with your HR team, covering the Policy and interactive bystander skills
  • Delivery of training workshops onsite at your office or ours, or online
  • Guidelines for follow-up initiatives to promote organizational continuity

What Participants have had to say:

An anonymous survey conducted after rolling out StandUP Teams measured three objectives:

I can identify what is and what is not bullying and harassment.

100% said "yes"

I understand how to comply with the Respectful Workplace Policy.

100% said "yes"

I understand the role that I have in preventing and responding to bullying and harassment.

100% said "yes"

Group discussions were most enjoyed, with comments such as:

“Content was relevant to me and my work”
84% agreed or strongly agreed

“Hearing new perspectives”

“Some staff continued discussions after training in the following days”

“Casual atmosphere helped facilitate openness to talk about a serious topic”

Let's Talk...

For more information, use the form below or contact us by email at hello@standupteams.ca or by phone (604) 535-7063.

For more information, use the form below or contact us by email at hello@standupteams.ca or by phone (604) 535-7063
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