The raised awareness around sexual misconduct is long overdue and challenges behaviours which should never have been tolerated within organisations.
And while this is a vital discussion which needs to be kept high on organisations’ agendas, it also gives us an opportunity to broaden the exploration of what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour at work
At least 3 pieces of our work with clients in the last few months have involved bullying behaviour towards men - some of it pretty vicious and all of it from men in senior management positions towards more junior male employees.
Abuse of power is not gender specific.
Even the “ribbing” which goes on between colleagues can have a power play element to it, particularly the sort of “one up man ship” which is still common in many “robust” working environments such as factory floors or sales floors. The “if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen” type culture can be hugely damaging. Imagine being picked on for your physical appearance day in day out - it may be under the guise of “a bit of banter” but it can be devastating for the person on the receiving end.
The flood of sexual misconduct allegations are horrendous… but could provide organisations with a real chance to get it right
Not just for women
Not just for men
You may be interested in our other recent blogs on why it is vital to act now to deal with inappropriate behaviour.
And what the warning signs might be is there a "Weinstein" type scandal waiting to happen in your organisation
Stella Chandler and I founded Focal Point on a shared belief that a training course run in isolation doesn't work. We passionately believe there must be support both before and after the training or coaching session itself for it to make a difference. When I am not facilitating sessions with clients or looking at ways to grow the Focal Point business, you will find me in a calming yoga class...