Season 01 Episode 06
Breaking down stereotypes and changing behaviours in the workplace (Part 1)
Like it or not, we all have preconceptions about how people should behave and act. This is especially the case in the workplace, which we expect to be free of inequality and discrimination. Sadly, that’s often not the case.
In part one of our two-part chat with Matt Tyler, Executive Director of The Men’s Project at Jesuit Social Services, we attempt to uncover how and why gender stereotypes are formed, and what employers can do to “break the mould”.
Drawing upon ground-breaking research called “The Man Box”, Matt, along with ELMO’s Jason Portelli and Kate Bond, discuss:
- The beliefs within society that place pressure on men to behave – and act – in certain ways
- The link between these expectations and issues like family violence and mental health
- The critical role employers play in protecting the safety and wellbeing of employees
- Why we all need to balance accountability with empathy when dealing with sensitive areas in the workplace