This workshop is focused on non-investigative ways of addressing concerns about workplace bullying and harassment.
The University of Dalhousie’s foray into restorative justice to deal with sexual harassment allegations illustrates some of the pitfalls to using restorative approaches when harassment allegations surface.
Some harassment allegations absolutely need to be investigated. A failure to investigate when an investigation is indicated can be disastrously harmful to victims, the workplace, and an organization’s reputation. But, if the potential harassment is minor, if it is caught early enough, and if the parties are open to collaborative approaches, all, including the victim, can often be better served by accessing methods other than investigation. If indicated, an Alternative Harassment Resolution intervention can be an effective way to deal with the situation.
The trick is to know when to investigate, when to consider alternative measures, and how to use alternatives to investigation to efficiently and effectively change any harmful dynamic that exists, heal relationships and ensure respect in the workplace.
This three day course is focused on just that: knowing when to play and when not to play the investigation card, and, in the right situation, knowing how to implement appropriate non-investigative ways of addressing concerns about workplace bullying and harassment.
Investigations into bullying or harassment often do not solve the problem:
- Investigations are typically focussed on who is right and who is wrong rather than on the root causes of the problem and how to address them. Figuring out who is right and who is wrong does not by itself solve the problem.
- Only the most serious of cases will justify the termination of a wrongdoer or require a transfer of the person complaining.
- Where there is a finding of wrongdoing, the respondent will typically be disciplined (or less) and the parties will then be told to continue working together, often without the relationship being repaired.
- Where there is no finding of wrongdoing, the respondent will not be disciplined and the parties are then told to continue working together, again without the relationship being repaired.
- If there is discipline, the complainant typically does not get to know what discipline the wrongdoer gets. This can be very unsatisfying for victims.
- Investigations can be lengthy and costly.
- Investigations typically further destroy workplace relationships and can encourage conflict.
- In a lot of cases where the allegations are minor, one or both of the parties may have simply not appreciated the impact of their conduct.
In the Alternative Harassment Resolution (AHR) workshop participants learn:
- How to triage those cases that are appropriate for non-investigative options from those that are not
- The inventory of non-investigative options that can be used to repair the situation, to make the workplace whole, and to ensure respectful interactions
- How to use non-investigative options before things spiral into the need for an investigation
- How to use non-investigative options in a way that preserves the safety and the rights of all
- How to position non-investigative options in relation to any contemplated or already conducted investigation
- How to use a facilitated discussion between a complainant and a respondent as an alternative to formal mediation
- How to function as a third party conducting a facilitated discussion
- The effective use of group interventions
- The effective use of abrasion reduction coaching
- Where training fits in
- Where conflict coaching fits in
- Other non-investigative options
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRAINING WE PROVIDE
For information about our lead trainer – Roger Beaudry
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AVAILABILITY OF OUR COURSES
Our Alternative Harassment Resolution Course is currently only offered to organizations as a customized in-house workshop. Please contact Roger Beaudry at firstname.lastname@example.org to have Roger design a customized course that meets the specific needs of your organization.
For a list of the courses we offer for individual general public registration – click here.
Nos formations sont aussi offertes en français.
Our courses are also offered in French.