It’s not all the same.
Room for apology?
Boys will be boys.
Time for change.
We are living in complicated times. Our society has been both stunned and shocked by revelations that illustrate the pervasiveness of sexual harassment, as well as the reality that many were either unaware it was happening or turned the other way.
For years, our team at inQUEST has partnered with clients to educate, coach, and create ways to minimize incidents of sexual harassment. We have created engaging interactive workshops, encouraged participants to reflect on personal and organizational behavior, and helped identify ways to prevent, address, and/or report problematic behavior.
And yet, we know that more needs to be done.
We need to ask hard questions, broaden and deepen our conversations, explore new interventions, and engage in honest self-reflection as we move forward in our workplaces and as a society. We see this as a “Collective Reckoning.” And we at inQUEST are engaging in this reckoning individually, in our communities, and with our clients.
Specifically, we are currently encouraging clients, as a starting place, to:
Reiterate and communicate your values, expectations, policies, and reporting procedures.
Strive to ensure that ALL of your employees understand your individual and cultural behavioral norms and expectations, as well as avenues for addressing harassment.
Reflect upon and review your individual and organizational behaviors.
Consider what you know about how employees are feeling and explore what you might not know about employee experiences and expectations. Presume that there might be issues rather than give yourself a high-five for being “harassment-free.” Strive to find out more about those who may feel harmed, silenced, manipulated, hindered, or excluded.
Begin to deepen your conversations on this topic.
Create and/or find contexts to consider the broader cultural/societal implications. This isn’t easily done—and we need to tread carefully and intentionally here. We are exploring questions like:
- How do we understand and use power?
- What does it look like to “take a stand”? And what makes it so difficult?
- How do expectations and messaging around “masculinity” and “privilege” impact these dynamics?
- How do these challenges experienced within the workplace context interplay within our communities?
And, most importantly, we see this as an opportunity for all to contribute. We need to hear from all genders, from those with more power and those with less, from those who feel victimized, as well as from those who have behaved regrettably.
This isn’t simply about right now. It’s about where we have been and where we need to go. Both individually and collectively.
We invite all to join us in this Collective Reckoning.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn or share more.