Training: Stopping Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Despite costly litigation, male managers continue to assert their dominance and control over female workers. This includes, intimidation, solicitation of sex, inappropriate touching and even rape. Overall, women in the workforce face an atmosphere of intimidation and fear of losing their jobs.
Companies, universities, government and military organizations have ineffectively responded to sexual harassment in the workplace by establishing policies that prohibit inappropriate behaviors and requiring compulsory workshops on sexual harassment for all of their employees.
Despite good intentions to promote a productive workplace free of sexual harassment, employers face a constant barrage of complaints and litigation from females due to inappropriate behaviors by male employees and managers. Despite more than 50 years of training, workshops and policy statements, the female U.S. workforce continues to struggle with sexual harassment and discrimination.
Historically, sexual harassment in the workplace has been dealt with by reprimanding the guilty individual, paying off the victims for their silence and then looking the other way. Instead of accepting the usual “boys will be boys” – “It’s just locker-room banter” justifications, Victoria Steele works to change the culture of the organization.
So how do you change toxic workplace cultures that implicitly accept sexual harassment and discrimination by its male employees and managers?
Victoria Steele, has developed a powerful course of action to eliminate sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Ms. Steele’s strategy is a series of intense trainings and workshops to change the toxic culture of sexual harassment in the workplace by teaming men with their female counter-parts to address the issues and create a strategic action plan for each department or work unit.
- Teaching men how to stand-up with their female co-workers and address these issues with specific plans, goals, benchmarks and timelines.
- Both men and women learn that sexual harassment is NOT an acceptable behavior and they are empowered to speak up without fear of retribution.
- Equal means equal. In this platform, companies learn how to facilitate mentoring and advancement for women in all leadership roles.
Steele’s strategy goes significantly beyond “NO MEANS NO” to organizational and cultural change in the workplace. The traditional model of dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace by instructing female employees to tell, the harasser to stop it, write a letter to the harasser and keep a record of the harassment does not cut it and it puts the onus on the victim who is in the situation because of their powerlessness.
Steele is a former Arizona State Legislator, psychotherapist, broadcast journalist and co-founder of Tucson NOW (National Organization for Women). Steele’s unique approach to stopping workplace sexual harassment is by treating the toxic organizational behaviors to create a workplace culture of inclusion, empowerment and respect for both women and men.
The Steele Assessment and Sexual Harassment Training entails an intense examination of the workplace and interviews with the company’s leaders, managers and workforce. Once this two-week study is completed, Steele presents her recommendations and action plan and conducts a series of trainings and workshops for the entire workforce.
Workforce Assessment and Sexual Harassment Training, starts at $10,000 which is significantly less than the cost of litigation.
Steele is available for media interviews at 520-401-0935 or by contacting her online.