I Said Something™
Promoting Respectful Workplace Behavior

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How to Prevent Harassment in the Workplace?

In the dynamic environment of today's workplace, the line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior is not just a boundary—it's a battleground where the company's integrity is at stake.

With "I Said Something™" you will guide your team through workplace interactions, addressing the all-too-common issues of bullying, harassment, and other forms of misconduct that can undermine the very fabric of an organization.

How can we address disruptive conduct?

Address mistakes individually and productively rather than resorting to public confrontation, intimidation, or bullying. Fostering open dialogue and calmly discussing issues can help maintain team morale and productivity. Handling mistakes with respect and understanding promotes a more positive work environment.

Get It Right!

Summary: There's a confrontation at work after a mistake happens. An employee publicly scolds another, causing tension. The manager calmly states that public shaming is unacceptable and mistakes should be addressed productively.

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How should behavior and online conduct be addressed at work?

It is important to handle workplace issues professionally and individually, rather than publicly shaming or singling out employees. Managers should exhibit appropriate behavior and address concerns in a respectful manner.


Summary: An employee faces criticism at work for an online post - causing tension among co-workers. The situation escalates as the manager publicly reprimands her. In response, colleagues then call for a fair and respectful way to handle these types of workplace issues.

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How to address inappropriate behavior in the workplace?

It's important to address and correct any type of harassing behavior through targeted and straight-forward conversations as well as to take disciplinary actions when necessary to maintain a safe and respectful work environment.

You Look… Scrumptious!

Summary: An employee makes inappropriate comments towards two women at work. A colleague confronts him about his behavior and insists on addressing the issue. The employee who made the comments shows some reluctance but eventually agrees to undergo training and keep his interactions strictly professional.

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Scenarios Covered

  • Workplace Bullying: Confronting bullying behavior, especially from those in positions of authority.
  • Sexual Harassment and Comments: Tackling sexual harassment and inappropriate comments to foster a safer work environment.
  • Inappropriate Comments: Dealing with situations where employees make inappropriate remarks about colleagues.
  • Intimidation Tactics: Recognizing and stopping intimidation tactics used by superiors or peers.



Key Benefits for Trainees

  • Awareness: Trainees become more aware of the various forms of inappropriate behavior that can occur in the workplace.
  • Prevention Techniques: They will learn effective strategies to prevent harassment and bullying before they start.
  • Improved Communication: The program will equip trainees with the skills to communicate concerns and boundaries clearly and professionally.
  • Legal Insight: Trainees will gain insights into the legal aspects of workplace behavior, helping to mitigate risks for the organization.
  • Improved Work Culture: The training contributes to a more positive and inclusive work culture, which can lead to increased job satisfaction and retention.
  • Empowerment: Participants will feel empowered to speak up against inappropriate behavior, fostering a culture of accountability.

Competencies Covered

  • Conflict Resolution: Strategies to constructively resolve disagreements .
  • Effective Communication: Skills for clear and assertive communication.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Understanding and managing one's own emotions and those of others.
  • Legal Awareness: Knowledge of laws and regulations regarding workplace behavior.
  • Empathy and Support: Ability to understand and support colleagues who may be affected by inappropriate behavior.
  • Assertiveness: Confidence to speak up against wrongdoing without being aggressive.
  • Cultural Competency: Skills to work effectively in a diverse environment.
  • Leadership in Ethics: Leading by example and fostering an ethical workplace culture

Frequently Asked Questions

What should you do if you witness a colleague being bullied?

Follow company policies and procedures. Address the issue privately with the colleague, offer support, and report the behavior to a manager or someone in Human Resources if necessary.

How can you handle a situation where a manager is using their power to bully a team member?

Speak up during the incident if possible, or report the behavior to a higher authority or someone in HR.

What steps can you take if you experience sexual harassment at work?

Clearly communicate that the behavior is unwelcome, document the incident(s) and report them according to company policy.

How should you react if a colleague is publicly humiliated by a superior?

Offer support to the colleague, encourage them to speak to HR, and if appropriate, address the superior privately about the behavior.

What is the best way to deal with personal attacks during team meetings?

Suggest taking the discussion offline to address the issue privately and constructively.

How can you correct a colleague who makes a mistake without resorting to intimidation?

Provide constructive feedback privately, focusing on the solution rather than the mistake.

What should you do if you notice unconscious bias affecting team dynamics?

Initiate a conversation about bias, provide examples, and suggest inclusion training or understanding bias workshops.

How can you ensure a commitment to change after addressing inappropriate behavior?

Follow up with the individual to discuss the impact of their behavior and agree on actionable steps to change.

What actions can you take if you're targeted by inappropriate comments related to your online presence?

Clarify your boundaries, report the behavior to HR, and request a meeting to discuss the professional standards expected.

How can a manager effectively address a subordinate's performance issue without crossing the line into harassment?

Focus on specific, job-related performance concerns, provide clear examples, and offer guidance for improvement in a private setting.

What if I don't have a training program in place for workplace harassment prevention?

It's crucial for the well-being of all employees that such programs are taken seriously and integrated into the workplace.

Here are some of the risks that may arise:

  • Increased Risk of Legal Issues: Without proper training, employees may inadvertently engage in or tolerate behavior that leads to lawsuits or legal sanctions.
  • Damaged Reputation: Both personal and organizational reputations can suffer, potentially leading to lost business opportunities and a decline in customer trust.
  • Lowered Productivity: A workplace that tolerates inappropriate behavior can lead to decreased employee morale, higher turnover rates, and reduced productivity.
  • Emotional and Physical Toll: Employees subjected to or witnessing inappropriate behavior may experience stress, anxiety, or even physical illness, impacting their well-being and work performance.
  • Cultural Degradation: The absence of a clear stance against disrespectful behavior can erode the company culture, making it difficult to attract and retain top talent.
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Program Options & Available Formats


Streaming Video

Interactive eLearning


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Video Length: 13 Minutes
Program Option: 2-Hour Instructor-Led Sessions


Leader's Guide, Self-Study Guide, Workshop Presentation, Workplace Violence Prevention Plan


English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, Chinese


Employees, New Hires,
Team Leaders and Managers, Human Resource Professionals

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