Workplace harassment is not new. Not imagined. Not specific to one, or even a few, industries. Not dependent on company size. It’s endemic. It continues because people are afraid to speak out about it.
Publicis Groupe has made a commitment to promoting acceptance and inclusion across its network, and Publicis Sapient and Leo Burnett Australia have joined forces with SheSays to create a #WeToo event in Australia.
Join ing #WeToo is free. The event will arm participants with the tools they need to understand their rights and learn how to respond to harassment, both for themselves 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, commented, “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.”
Sarah Palmer, head of talent management Leo Burnett Australia and current chair of The Agency Circle, noted, “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.”
“There are quite a lot of misconceptions around what speaking up about sexual harassment actually means,” added, Clinton Parr, founder of A Lion and The Vibes, employee experience consultant, people & culture geek and speaker at #WeToo. “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 on Wednesday May 15 at WeWork – 333 George Street Sydney.
Doors will open at 6pm with nibbles and networking, before hearing from the speakers at 6:30pm with the event wrapping up at 8pm promptly.
Spaces are limited. Please register here.