The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) has joined with a group of concerned human resources leaders in Boston to create space for essential conversations about sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. Motivated by the #MeToo movement and some of the confusion and fear that it has brought to companies, the forum looks to advance lasting solutions to workplace sexual misconduct. The founding members of the Human Resources Leaders Forum believe that work environments of genuine mutual respect can maximize human potential and foster organizational resilience. As one attendee described it, we're "not talking about a set of rules, but changing the way people think." The goal of the forum is to build capacity for systemic change through sharing information, resources, and support among the Boston business community.
BARCC has 45 years of wide-ranging survivor support, prevention expertise, and successful partnerships with institutions in addressing reports of sexual harassment and changing cultures. The forum meetings are semi-structured gatherings (with lunch!) at which HR colleagues can feel comfortable diving into candid conversations facilitated by the experts at BARCC, and with peers who share a similar level of commitment and concern.
"The HR team at Brightcove has made copies of the Continuum of Behaviors tool and shared it with our HR partners around the world. . . I left (the training) with both a theoretical and concrete understanding. I've already implemented it at my workplace." —Stacie Justice, Brightcove
Upcoming forum meetings
Responding to Disclosures
March 28, 2019, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
How do you react when someone comes forward with an experience of sexual harassment? Join us to look at how BARCC’s model for compassionate response gives leaders, managers, and HR professionals the tools to respond with care and understanding. The training will provide a foundation for understanding the impact of sexual harassment, and participants will be able to practice responding supportively and informatively.
Beyond Checking the Boxes: Supporting Employees during Investigations
May 22, 2019, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
What is important to employees when they make a report to Human Resources? How can you best support an employee while maintaining impartiality? In this session, BARCC's Legal Advocacy staff will discuss the challenges and barriers that survivors face when they report sexual harassment to their employers. This session will be focused on supporting the reporting employee and discussing what is most important for them in the investigative process. This session will be an opportunity to discuss what has been helpful for survivors we work with at BARCC as well as what strategies employers are using to ensure a reporting employee feels respected and supported through an investigation.
Putting Policies into Action
October 1, 2019, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
What does an effective sexual harassment policy look like for your organization? How do you translate what is written into culture? BARCC will provide insights into the dynamics of sexual harassment and the potential needs of people being targeted. This discussion-based session will be an opportunity to look at policy recommendations and brainstorm strategies that put them into action in your workplace.
- What happens at a forum meeting? The meetings are semi-structured gatherings (with lunch!) at which HR colleagues can feel comfortable diving into candid conversations facilitated by the experts at BARCC, and with peers who share a similar level of commitment and concern.
- Can I attend if I'm not in HR? If I've missed the othermeetings? Absolutely! Ultimately this conversation involves everyone at every level of an organization. We began as an HR-focused forum as HR is often the frontline responder to workplace misconduct.
- Why is this forum different from the panels I have attended on equity? It’s a self-selected group of professionals and BARCC experts passionate about change in this area. Attendees have noted that there is no "noise" of resistance, fear, or professional agendas that often distract in other settings.
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