Several workplace health and safety organizations, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have determined that one of the most successful ways to reduce harassment is a system of anti-harassment programs broadly described as “bystander intervention.” Bystander intervention is intended to reduce the burden of protecting themselves from harassment from those experiencing unwelcome conduct and shift the burden to the community. The key is to have the community recognize that harassment ultimately harms science itself. US Geological Survey (USGS) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have co-developed the USGS StepUp! Employee Empowerment Strategies (SEES) training to address harassment in the workplace. The goals of the USGS SEES Bystander Intervention Training are to: 1) Raise awareness of barriers to helping, 2) Raise awareness of behaviors that can help, 3) Increase attendees’ motivation and desire to help, 4) Help attendees develop skills and confidence when responding to various levels of harassment and 5) Ensure the safety and well-being of attendees. This training will extend the original USGS SEES content from office to field settings to provide participants with a suite of skills that they can use throughout their work environment.
Supported By:US Geological Survey Civility and Inclusion Council National Aeronautics and Space Administration TWS Inclusion Diversity Equity Awareness Working Group