Strike A Chord
Skye’s strategy for helping communities & businesses disrupt sex discrimination & harassment is with empathy
Strike A Chord is designed to open up previously unspoken conversations about sexual harassment.
With a philosophy of encouragement and empowerment rather than blame, the framework uncovers the perspectives and needs of different stakeholder groups with sensitivity. It also equips individuals with insights and tools to disrupt unhealthy behaviours, whether conscious or not.
Specifically, Strike A Chord is used to tackle three common perceptions about sexual harassment which, when combined, perpetuate a culture of indifference in the workplace. Sexual harassment occurs because it is:
Underrated by rural men
‘..she knows we don’t mean anything by it.’ (male employee)
The solution: Clearly situate the issue and facilitate a conversation about perceptiveness, opportunity and courageous leadership.
Underreported by rural women
‘I know it sounds bad, but you get used to it.’ (female employee)
The solution: Empower women to feel confident about responding to sexual harassment by developing the personal ‘toolkit’ for courageous conversation.
Unopposed by rural employers
‘Look, it’s just part of what you get when you are working out here. I just need everyone to get on with it.’ (employer)
The solution: Employers and managers to become aware of their duty of care through the lens of the law, with developed strategies for protecting businesses from liability issues.
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Strike a Chord
When Skye Saunders’ pioneering thesis uncovered a ‘cultural epidemic’ of sexual harassment in Australia’s rural workplaces, it shone a light on an uncomfortable reality.
Not content to simply be a conversation starter, Skye set about offering a solution.
Strike A Chord is that solution. It’s a framework for achieving lasting and meaningful unity in workplaces by giving voice to and creating awareness among three key groups: men, women and employers.
‘Strike A Chord’ refers to the creation of of a harmonious ‘chord’ through the alignment of three congruent tones. This harmony occurs when each group plays to its truest strength in the workplace.
Underpinning ‘Strike A Chord’ is a philosophy of encouragement, empathy and tapping into the inherent strengths of each individual in the workplace to play their unique role in effecting cultural change. Each stakeholder group willbe equipped with fresh insights, perspectives and tools to disrupt unhealthy patterns of engagement.
The program explained
Strike A Chord is offered through tailored workshops to help employees, managers and employers more confidently embrace the principles of sex discrimination law, and practices that support gender equality.
- Strike A Chord is offered through tailored workshops to help employees, managers and employers more confidently embrace the principles of sex discrimination law, and practices that support gender equality.
- While the Strike A Chord framework was inspired by Skye’s research on sex discrimination and harassment in the rural context, it is designed to be applied to all workplace environments.
- Skye has created a ‘Heads and Hearts’ workshop specifically for male employees. By going beyond the head to reach the heart, this workshop has the power to illuminate issues of sexual harassment in a life-changing way. Men are also given the tools to ‘step up’ and make a difference if they witness sexual harassment taking place.