Sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace is a topical issue at the moment and it is something that can affect us all.
Following her recent work with the Law Society, we invited Gail Page from Positive Pathways to talk to us about how we can all play a part in standing up against bullying in the workplace. The event took place over lunch at the Tauranga Club on Tuesday 28th June.
The presentation started with everyone acknowledging that they had either been or knew someone who was a victim of sexual harassment and/bullying. Gail made us aware that everyone has the capability to be a bully and anyone can be targeted by a bully, but they don’t have to become a victim. We each have the ability to stand up to a bully; we just need some tools and strategies to help us do so, both in terms of being on the receiving end of the behaviour or as a bystander to the situation.
It was a great interactive session with Gail taking us through an exercise to demonstrate how changing our mindset, and also through verbal and non-verbal communication, we can feel more empowered through the way we stand, sit and behave.
While there were some quite sad situations of bullying reported, there were also some great stories of how negative behaviour had been overcome. We all left the session feeling better equipped to handle tricky situations and reinforced with the message that we can all play a part in making bullying the exception, not the norm.
If you missed the presentation or are keen to learn some strategies to feel more empowered and better equipped to deal with difficult behaviours, including bullying and sexual harassment, Gail is running a full day workshop at the Chamber on July 31st called Positive Outcomes from Tough Conversations. For more details click here.