There is no doubt that in the past few years news reports about out-of-control and abusive sexual behavior in the workplace have increased significantly. At The SAT Project we understand these problems aren’t new and we’re here to help.
Our clinicians have training and experience intervening in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, in a variety of industries and work settings. In addition to his Doctorate in Clinical Social Work and his background in individual psychotherapy Michael Crocker—The SAT Project’s Founder and Director—holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology and Organizational Behavior, and has consulted with many companies. Prior to becoming a psychoanalyst, Josh Wolf-Powers founded a successful capital management firm and earned a Master’s in Business Administration. Kelly Moylan has served on employee assistance programs for a number of private companies. And before becoming a therapist, Andrew Erdman worked as a business journalist and helped launch a successful internet firm.
Part of maintaining a culture that attracts and retains the best employees involves promoting a safe and congenial workplace environment. The SAT Project works with HR managers to help employers develop and implement policies around sexual harassment through workplace interventions and employee training workshops.
Signs a workplace intervention may be necessary:
The organizational culture manifests difficulties with boundaries and interpersonal interactions that sometimes result in employees feeling unsafe. This can include physical contact and/or questionable verbal interactions.
Some employees have expressed concerns about safety.
Some employees have struggled with power dynamics and have struggled with finding a balance of sharing power and control with their colleagues and/or supervisors.
Some employees have manifested symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which can include anxiety, depression, withdrawal, and avoidance. Both of these diagnoses can be a result of sexual harassment and/or other organizational cultures that do not foster safety. These diagnoses can result in symptoms related to absenteeism, lateness, and productivity issues. Employees will sometimes begin to avoid certain work functions due to a lack of safety.
Some employees inadvertently have fewer boundaries in discussions of their personal and sexual lives. This leaves others feeling uncomfortable, anxious, and unsafe.
Some employees simply do not recognize the need for necessary boundaries due to the family systems in which they were raised.
Many of these issues can be remedied by psychoeducation and organizational training. All of our associates are skilled in these interventions. Our approach is to evaluate the organizational culture through employee interviews and observation. We'll provide on-going recommendations which can help an organization function in a way that creates safety, security, compassion, and care. The result--employee retention and greater productivity.