We have all heard the adage, “If you see something, say something.” But when it comes to harassment and discrimination in the workplace, when your employees see something, what should they say, when, and to whom?

Training and engaging your workforce to be active bystanders is more complex than a slogan. Research shows that most people want to intervene when they see harm, but despite this desire, they don’t–which enables culture-damaging behaviors to continue. To help end bias and harassment, we must ‘break the silence’ and give employees language and strategies they can use in a variety of situations.

In this webinar, we:

  • Discussed what prevents employees from speaking up when they see harmful conduct at work
  • Provided examples of bystander intervention techniques through a variety of workplace scenarios
  • Explored what makes bystander intervention so effective
  • Examined strategies for incorporating bystander intervention training into your harassment and discrimination prevention efforts

Meet Our Speakers:

Elizabeth Owens Bille, JD, SHRM-SCP, is the Head of Impact, Workplace Culture at EVERFI. Prior to joining EVERFI, Elizabeth was the general counsel and ethics officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and also served as a legal and policy advisor to the Vice Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As an employment law attorney, she has counseled employers of all sizes and provided training to attorneys, HR professionals, and government investigators on complex workplace issues.

Melissa Oosterveen serves as the Director of Product Marketing at EVERFI where she oversees the product strategy for new HR and compliance solutions that align with the ever-changing HR priorities of businesses. Melissa received a B.A. in Sociology from The College of William and Mary and an M.A. from Emerson College in Global Marketing Communications.