Bystander Intervention Training and Resources

Every employee has the capability to intervene and stop inappropriate behaviors, and training them on bystander intervention empowers them to do so.

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    The right training can provide people with the knowledge and tools to handle uncomfortable situations, protecting others and contributing to a positive work environment.

    Traliant’s Bystander Intervention Training:

    • Defines the concept and benefits of bystander intervention
    • Depicts different types of discrimination and harassment bystanders may witness
    • Demonstrates how a bystander can support targets of discrimination and harassment and help prevent future incidents
    • Explores effective approaches for bystander intervention, such as disrupting, supporting confronting and reporting
    • Explains the importance of exercising good judgment in choosing how and when to respond

    Why Is Bystander Intervention Training Important?

    Bystander intervention training is one of the most effective ways to empower employees to address and prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace. With the right knowledge, tools and motivation, bystanders can intervene and stop inappropriate behavior before it rises to the level of unlawful harassment.

    The Bystander Effect is a term social psychologists use for the tendency of individuals to feel less responsible to help or take action when they are in a group. There are many reasons why people choose not to get involved when they witness a threatening or uncomfortable situation, especially when there are others present. Some people just don’t want to get involved, or they look to others to step in, or they fear becoming a target themselves if they do or say something. In the workplace, being a passive onlooker to sexual harassment and other abusive conduct can perpetuate a toxic work environment that can negatively affect many people beyond the direct targets.

    Bystander intervention training can counteract the Bystander Effect. By encouraging and preparing employees to take action when they witness harassing and discriminating behavior, bystander intervention training helps remove the uncertainty of not knowing when or how to intervene, especially in uncomfortable work situations. Eemployees gain a deeper understanding of how bystander intervention can protect targets of discrimination and harassment, discourage harassing behavior and help prevent future incidents.

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said that with leadership support, bystander intervention training could be a game changer that can have a positive impact on workplace culture by creating a “sense of collective responsibility on the part of workers and empower them to be engaged bystanders in preventing harassment.”

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    What Is Bystander Intervention Training?

    This 25-minute, stand-alone course raises awareness of the importance of being an active bystander and provides employees with practical steps for protecting targets of abusive behavior and preventing future misconduct.

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    Our modern, interactive approach to online compliance training is designed to help organizations create a safe, ethical and inclusive work culture. Traliant courses are mobile-optimized for access on any device and can be easily customized to reflect your organization’s policies, culture, branding and leadership message.

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    Though individuals may feel less responsible or empowered when they are in a group, training can counteract this effect by encouraging and preparing employees to protect their workplace culture and well-being.


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