Managing Sexuality In The Workplace

GoalTo help participants understand and manage the dynamics of sexuality in the workplace

Rationale

The sexual revolution of the past three decades, partially provoke by the challenge of HIV, has touched every aspects of our lives from religion, to marriage, to politics. Traditional sexual attitudes and mores are becomingly more openly challenged, and the workplace has not been left unscathed. The workplace has become like a second village, a place individuals spend most of their working hours. In many cases, work colleagues know more details about the daily routines and habits, than do family and close friends. Together with this fact, consider that the Human Resource department, if they are good at what they do, will actually be bringing people together who have common views, similar interests and comparable or compatible backgrounds. So while the intention is NOT to put potential romantic partners together, the very process of finding a good staff team, is also an accidental screening for romantic compatibility. People don’t leave their sexuality at the door, just before they enter the work space, hence it makes sense to understand how to manage this aspect of life, rather that fight against the inevitable.

Objectives

At the end of the workshop:

  • Participants will be able to explain how the workplace facilitates intimate relationships.
  • Participants will be able to explain why some office romances succeed and why others are harmful
  • Participants will be able to describe the stages of an office romance
  • Participants will be able to give examples of the benefits and risks of office romance
  • Participants will be able to discuss issues of corporate culture, power and gender that affect office romance
  • Participants will be able to describe dos and don’ts for managing office romance
  • Participants will be able to identify office relationships to avoid
  • Participants will be able to describe how to manage the breakup of an office romance
  • Participants will be able to describe steps administration should take to manage office romance

Myths Debunked!

  • Find out if all office romances always lead to devastating consequences for those involved.
  • Find out if gender/sex determines who is at greater risk when an office romance fails

Length of Workshop:

3 Whole Day Sessions (4 hours per day)

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