As a leader in your organization, no doubt you have watched the #MeToo and the #TimesUp movements and concluded that we are at a critical juncture in our society. At the Ethics & Compliance Initiative, we agree. In our view, not only will the current dialogue about sexual misconduct affect the way we relate to each other as individuals; the movement will also have a profound impact on our workplaces.
As the dialogue continues, many of us are asking, “Where do we go from here?”
The answer to this question is not only to focus on what people sometimes do wrong, but also to consider how we can help each other do right. We need to begin a conversation about respect as a core value in our workplaces so that our employees have a shared understanding about how they should treat one another. Respect as a standard also provides a common language to help individuals raise and resolve sensitive concerns.
At ECI we are offering you a FREE special edition case study on workplace sexual misconduct, entitled #RespectAtWork. The case includes questions for discussion that invite employees to talk about their commitment to a respectful workplace. A leader guide is also included, so that every manager can follow instructions and lead the dialogue. It is our hope that you will take this case and distribute it among your employees, then take the time to discuss the scenario together.
We hope you will find this resource to be a helpful way to initiate an important shift in your organization.