As Amy Polefrone prepared to deliver another round of Respectful Workplace training, she braced herself for the inevitable quip. But for the first time in 28 years, it didn’t come. That’s when she knew change may finally be starting to take hold.
“For the first time, no one said to me, ‘Oh, sexual harassment training — so, you’re going to teach me how to harass someone? Yuk yuk, ha ha ha.’ And that’s when I knew that these movements — #TimesUp and #MeToo — had started to really make an impact,” says Polefrone, president and CEO of HR Strategy Group. “I’ve seen more change in the public narrative in the last four or five months than I’ve seen in the 28 years I’ve been doing this.”