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Workplace Harassment: Using Military Grade Tactics in the Workplace

miscellaneous Aug 07, 2019

When it comes to preventing harassment, the U.S. military has used the proven tactic of bystander intervention for years. The concept is simple, speak out against harmful words or actions before they escalate to the level of unlawful harassment. Yet when it comes to putting this idea into practice, it's not as easy as it seems. The idea of saying something to someone who puts down a colleague or makes a derogatory statement about women can be daunting. The key, however, is to carefully select your intervention strategy. The framework for intervening the military teaches servicemen is based around the "Three Ds"- Direct (give commands or orders); Distract (draw attention away); and Delegate (appoint someone else to help). I propose a fourth "D" Delay, which means using one of the other strategies when the time is right.


When it comes to successful intervention, timing is everything. If you confront someone about bad behavior in front of a group of their peers, it's highly...

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