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Is there a "Weinstein" type scandal waiting to happen in your Organisation?

Posted by Tracy Powley 30/10/17

ApproachThe allegations against Weinstein are truly horrendous. But we know from our work in helping organisations tackle inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour that the problems often start with incidents, which are more subtle and often brushed off as “a bit of banter”.

But when no one feels able to step in and challenge those behaviours they become accepted and then ramp up over time. 

Add to this that the perpetrators may be top performers or people at a very senior level with great influence and you can see why organisations don’t call it out.

So, if there have been “rumours” or gossip about an employee’s behaviour or if you suspect there are reasons for concern, it is a good time to listen to those indicators and ask a few salutatory questions… 

  • What do you really think of the person’s behaviour? Is it acceptable for the workplace?
  • What impact might it be having on others in the business?
  • What could happen if the behaviour was exposed beyond your organisation?

In the last year alone we have worked with organisations where inappropriate behaviour at senior levels has consisted of…

  • Aggressive and demeaning banter fuelled by alcohol after work
  • Jokey but sexist comments to female staff 
  • Inappropriate touching
  • Jokes which have racist overtones

Quite apart from the unacceptable nature of such behaviour, this also sets the tone for the rest of the organisation. “It’s just the way it is” “you just get on with it” “we thrive on a bit of banter” are the sorts of comments we hear all the time.

But it isn’t OK. No one should have to “just get on with it”. 

And hopefully the groundswell of feeling which the Weinstein allegations have created will help organisations take action.

For more information on how we can help you manage unacceptable behaviour at work and eliminate the risks to staff, reputation and the bottom line, call us for a confidential discussion on 01903 732 782 or email us or contact us here.

Tracy Powley
Tracy Powley

The way we behave towards each other in the workplace has a direct impact on individual wellbeing, team performance and organisational results. This belief has underpinned our work at Focal Point for over 20 years and has never been more relevant. We are privileged to work with a huge variety of organisations wanting to get workplace behaviour and culture right - and to tackle the inappropriate behaviour that may get in the way of this. Supported by our fantastic team of facilitators and coaches, we are able to make a real difference to peoples’ lives as well as organisational performance. Having worked in both large businesses at management level and in 2 start ups at director level, I am able to combine hands on experience of growing and managing teams - and the associated challenges in creating the right culture - with over 20 years in learning and development. I hold the Certificate in Training Practice and am a member of CIPD. When I am not supporting clients or developing the Focal Point business, you will find me in a calming yoga class...

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