Creating and Sustaining a Drama-Free Workplace

2020 Annual Conference & Exposition
Workplace drama is exacerbated by fear; a culture that applies lessons proven to reduce danger and fear sees a significant reduction in workplace drama.

Today’s workplace requires a commitment to creating and sustaining a healthy, inclusive and equitable culture. Organizational leaders, particularly HR leaders, play a key role in reaching this goal. In this session we explore innovative ways to have a drama-free and healthy workplace environment. We address details about:

  • The litigation-avoidance paradox: How to unshackle your company from the grip of irrational fear since taking steps in a singular effort to avoid lawsuits, paradoxically, actually invites employees to head to the nearest courthouse.
  • How to anticipate drama-producing events and properly prepare for them to minimize the likelihood that they will lead to workplace drama.
  • The ways in which we can implement lessons learned from a culture of safety – one that authentically focuses on working together to prevent workplace accidents and injuries – into the world of workplace conduct.

Learning Objectives:

  • Take lessons from safety principles and apply them to issues related to workplace strife to create: a culture of truth-telling (encouraging reports of misconduct); a culture of curiosity (establishing a system to conduct fair and thorough investigations); and a culture of fairness (resolving disputes in ways that are actually fair, and will be perceived as fair).
  • Learn how focusing on tested and proven methods to increase inclusion, belonging and equity leads to a healthy and drama-free culture at work.
  • Learn how to make courageous workplace decisions rather than decisions based on a fear of getting sued.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Patti C. Perez

Patti C.

Patti Perez is on a mission to transform workplace culture. She is the founder of PersuasionPoint Inc. and combines her experience as a licensed California attorney, a professionally-certified HR executive, a tech company leader, a specialist in the prevention and resolution of workplace drama, an expert witness in state and federal court, a state regulator and as an entrepreneur to create a revolutionary shift in the way we communicate and connect at work.

Patti is the author of The Drama-Free Workplace: How You Can Prevent Unconscious Bias, Sexual Harassment, Ethics Lapses, and Inspire a Healthy Culture (Wiley 2019), a one-of-a-kind, informative resource that explains what it takes to build and sustain an equitable, inclusive and healthy workplace culture.

Session Type: 
Mega Session
Global & Cultural Effectiveness
HR Expertise
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