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Sexual Harassment Training – Some Tips For the Facilitator

The good news is that because of the raised media spotlight, many organizations are realizing that it is important to provide bullying and harassment training for all members of staff. The bad news is that some training can, in short, be dull and boring. All too often training sessions will be heavily legalistic in content and probably accompanied by at least 100+ PowerPoint slides.

The training method may work for some but most of the participants may be turned off after slides two or three! PowerPoint is great to show the important points of law or policy. However, it should not be relied upon by an effective facilitator to provide the entire substance of a presentation. Rather you can opt for engaging online training sessions that are easily available on the web.

Here are some basic tips in this article that anyone involved in facilitating this very sensitive subject may wish to consider when preparing for their presentation.

Make it interactive

Involve the participants. The case studies are an effective way to explore issues in a safe and non-confrontational way. You can use case studies to highlight the case of bullying, discrimination, harassment and other forms of inappropriate behaviour.

A word of warning

Don’t make the case study-specific. Bad behaviour takes place in all areas of industry. It’s not the location; it’s the bad behaviour that you are focusing on. Ensure that you mention this to all participants. You don’t want to leave the impression that bad behaviour only happens in hospitals or factories. It happens everywhere.