Carry out a meeting for heads of departments and other managers on the theme of harassment
What was the objective?
The regular meeting for heads of departments and other managers that was already planned changed themes to "How can we improve the university's work against harassment?" and included information, discussions and group work on the theme. The purpose was to highlight the subject and produce concrete ideas and activities for proactive work towards a healthy work climate and adherence to the basic values.
When did it take place?
Thursday 25 November 2021.
Who was responsible?
The meeting was organised by the Vice-Chancellor and the University Management.
What was the outcome?
On 25 November, a meeting for heads of departments and other managers was carried out on the theme of harassment. Nearly 70 heads of departments and managers from all parts of the organisation participated. The meeting consisted of an introductory lecture and follow-up discussions in groups. Keynote speaker was Britt-Inger Keisu, Director of Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, who presented her study What does zero tolerance mean in practice?.
Discussions were then carried out in groups over the following topics:
- What do you see as most important to improve in the work against psychological harassment, sexual harassment, bullying and other forms of harassment?
- Given the work environment responsibility managers have, what support do you need to in relation to psychological harassment, sexual harassment, bullying and other forms of harassment?
- Do we treat all staff equal based on our common basic values? Or if not, describe why and provide examples.
- How can we promote and work preventive at the different levels of the organisation (University Administration level, faculty level and department or office level).
Documentation from the group discussions will be included in the final external evaluation.