Let's Get Honest.

Author:Ellet, Bill
Position:Video recording review
 
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Let's Get Honest, Video, 2006, Media Partners Corp., $1095-$1095.

Support: Trainer Resource Guide, 10 Employee Handbooks, Manager's Q & A, employee handbook, pocket cards, pre- and post-tests, and reproducible handouts.

The initial review of this training program was published in January 2007. We got it wrong the first time--it's just that simple. We're publishing a new review not because the vendor demanded it, but because a third party, whose judgment we trust, told us we should take a second look.

Let's Get Honest from Media Partners begins with an honest assessment of the tension between society and work. Our society is sexually charged and saturated. Yet, all of us are supposed to check sexuality at the door when we go to work.

It doesn't seem quite fair or even realistic, but it is the reality of an organization and has to be. For once our litigiousness is an asset. Because of potentially heavy legal penalties, employers can't tolerate sexual harassment. More importantly, harassment, along with other forms of disrespectful behavior, erodes the ability of people to get things done together. It's also unethical because it inflicts pain on individuals.

The first of the two videos in the package, Let's Get Honest (15 minutes), provides the foundation for understanding sexual harassment. Surprisingly, it isn't ponderous and doesn't attempt to instill viewers with fear. It goes about its business, telling the audience, for example, that a "little flirting" can easily turn into something far worse. But the video isn't afraid to have a sense of humor.

I love the "grandma test" for filtering workplace comments: if you can't say something to your grandma, don't say it at work. (I suppose, though, that if your grandma is on the wild side, you could have a problem.) In the video, as a guy at work is about to say something salacious to an attractive co-worker, she morphs into his grandmother, who saves the guy by getting him to make a comment that he could say to her.

The other video, He Said, She Said (26 minutes), asks viewers to consider descriptions of a situation from participants and decide if the situation involves sexual harassment. This isn't a new approach, but the vignettes are more nuanced than I'm used to seeing and the acting is particularly convincing. And the vignettes aren't just he said, she said. They're also he said, he said and she said, she said.

He Said, She Said can be used with or without the expert commentary about each...

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