Workplace Culture & Conduct

Program Overview

Polykala’s culture and conduct training enables participants to take safe and constructive action against inappropriate behaviour in the workplace. Our training promotes workplace cultures of decentralised social leadership, whereby staff (irrespective of position) are supported to stand up for a fair and inclusive professional environment. This is built on the principles of adaptive leadership, where leadership is viewed as a practice that mobilises people and systems to tackle tough challenges and thrive.

The training begins by exploring the dynamics of change and its consequences for organisational values and behaviour. Participants contend with what’s critical, negotiable and aspirational about their workplace culture. We then introduce diversity as a concept subject to the intersecting dynamics of power, privilege and preference before focussing specifically on the sources of misconduct and the values that underpin them. We then reflect on which behaviours participants perceive as ‘okay’ and ‘not okay’ within the organisation with a view to explore viewpoint diversity and build empathy.

We finally offer a set of tools and behavioural frameworks to overcome barriers that might prevent tackling misconduct and thus change workplace norms. We do this using group-work and dynamic role play where participants learn and apply concepts in real-time.

Key Outcomes

  • 1. Align workplace behaviour with values and codes of conduct.
  • 2. Learn and gain perspective through conversation with peers.
  • 3. Be able to engage in ‘difficult conversations’ with greater effectiveness.
  • 4. Build connections and deepen authentic relationships between team members.

Topics Covered

Demographic and viewpoint diversity

Unconscious bias

Direct & Indirect intervention techniques

Barriers to effective bystander action

"We engaged Polykala to deliver training to staff across the organisation with the goal of positive culture change. Polykala have spent extensive time with us developing a bespoke program that is so much more than ‘training’. They are running workshops that engage our staff, developing new language and capabilities in workplace relationships."
Nicole Josef - Team Leader, Organisational Development City of Greater Dandenong

Articles

Doing Diversity Differently

Treating diversity as an adaptive challenge and making real progress will require robust learning environments where people are free to speak their minds.

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Case Study – Glen Eira City Council

In 2018 Glen Eira City Council invited Polykala to design and deliver their Diversity & Inclusion training for all new staff working across the organisation.

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Program Information

Workplace Culture & Conduct

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  • Delivery mode: In person / Online
  • Workshop length: Half day / Full day
  • 2 expert facilitators
  • 10-25 participants
  • Participant evaluation

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