Harassment in the workplace is a very real and serious issue that unfortunately spans all industries and often people don’t feel comfortable to speak out about it.
As part of Publicis Groupe’s commitment to promoting acceptance and inclusion across its network, Publicis Sapient and Leo Burnett Australia have joined forces with SheSays to create #WeToo.
A free event, #WeToo will arm you with the tools you need to understand your rights and learn how to respond to harassment, both for yourself and on behalf of others.
The bystander effect will also be discussed and the goal is for attendees to feel empowered to speak out against aspects of workplace culture that encourage, enable or overlook harassment and discrimination.
Shelby Robinson, of SheSays and director, people strategy at Publicis Sapient said: “I feel that, together, we can minimise the pain and anxiety that people experience as a victim or witness of harassment.
“This event is about arming people with the skills to effectively identify and speak up when they witness someone abusing their power or when conditions are developing that enable these situations to occur.”
Leo Burnett Australia head of talent management and current chair of The Agency Circle, Sarah Palmer said: “Certainly most larger organisations have policies in place required to provide safe work environments, but many people may not have access to the processes to follow if they see, hear or experience harassment.
“We want to share this important information to empower women and men to speak up and put an end to discriminatory behaviour in the workplace.”
A Lion and The Vibes and People & Culture Greek founder, and #WeToo speaker, Clinton Parr said: “There are quite a lot of misconceptions around what speaking up about sexual harassment actually means.
“With a little forethought, and some courage, people can make a huge difference to the culture of their companies, but more importantly, to the targets of harassment, with very little effort, risk or personal cost.
“I want to help people discover very comfortable and practical ways to stamp sexual harassment out if and when they come across it.”
#WeToo will be held this Wednesday 15th May at WeWork – 333 George Street Sydney
At B&T, we believe initiatives like this can shape and influence culture. That’s one of the reasons we created Changing the Ratio, Australia’s diversity and inclusion conference for the advertising industry. Check out the 2019 schedule today.