In the age of #MeToo, now more than ever, workplace leaders must take practical steps to ensure that their culture is healthy and thriving. Many workplaces fail to have a sexual harassment policy in place, or don’t put their policy into action when needed, which leaves them open to vicarious liability for harassment.
From small businesses to large corporations, Skye can deliver interactive sexual harassment prevention training workshops (which can also be adapted for school groups or universities), workplace policy and training consulting, conference keynotes, special events, and one-on-one mentoring or coaching.
Many workplaces either fail to have a sexual harassment policy in place, so how do businesses best protect their employees.
Many workplaces either fail to have a sexual harassment policy in place, or don’t put their policy into action when needed, which leaves them open to vicarious liability for harassment.
Complaints can pose a huge cost to employers by exposing them to the threat of legal proceedings and compensation payouts, anywhere from $500 to $200,000. This is not to mention an inevitable disruption to the workplace, drop in staff morale and impacts on productivity.
Research shows that many managers and supervisors are ill prepared to effectively manage complaints. Part of the problem is that sex discrimination laws in Australia are not always easy to understand.
When it comes to interpersonal relating, workplace cultures can quickly get stuck in unhealthy systems and the ‘old way of doing things’. So how do businesses best protect their employees by creating healthy working environments while ensuring they protect their back pocket by preventing sexual harassment as required by law?
How Skye helps
As a sexual harassment and discrimination specialist consultant and lawyer (with Tracey Mylecharane Solicitor), Skye unpacks all the different aspects of the issue. She brings expert eyes to the big picture and offers solutions for change.
With clarity and compassion, she explains what the law means, introduces practical and legal strategies to prevent liability, and outlines the ways sexual harassment affects the well being and performance of individuals and businesses.
- Deliver interactive and individually tailored sexual harassment prevention training workshops for employers or employees across Australia
- Present a keynote presentation at a conference or special event
- Evaluate your existing workplace policies (including Sexual Harassment, Bullying, Code of Conduct, Employee Handbook, Breastfeeding at Work, Grievance Procedure, Discipline and Misconduct, Induction Manual, etc)
- Evaluate your policies’ effectiveness, compliance and potential exposure to liability
- Assess your workplace culture (through observation, focus groups and employee interviews) and identify any specific diversity issues to be solved
- Design your business action plan with robust new policies, manuals, training packages and handbooks
- Offer ongoing support for employers and employees through one-on-one mentoring and coaching packages (including how to have difficult workplace conversations and deal with complaints).
- RURAL GROUPS
Sexual harassment in typically male-dominated rural workplaces comes with its set of unique issues.
With great sensitivity and understanding based on her illuminating PhD research in the field, Skye works with groups such as Country Women’s Association and National Farmers’ Federation in rural Australia to open up the conversation, and offer the insights and strategies needed to move forward.