Collaborating with the company’s committed CFO, and calling upon our team’s legal experience, we designed and delivered intensive half-day workshops that focused on defining offensive behavior and language; depicting the impacts on team members; and creating an action plan for maintaining a respectful workplace. Guided Improv™ scenarios brought the issues to life, and participants who anticipated a “boring lecture” remained fully engaged.
The high point of the workshop was a courtroom scene, in which a defendant accused of harassing behavior, is grilled by an attorney. The defendant’s discomfort made a big impression on participants. One person objected that the scene was “probably exaggerated to scare us.” He had a lightbulb moment when he learned that the script was based on actual courtroom transcripts, and that the award in the case was $168 million – the largest sexual harassment award in US history.