HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ...
"This can't be okay, but other people are acting like it is. What am I missing?"
am i just overreacting?
"I don't want to make waves, but I'm afraid to go to work and I think other people might be too."
is this bad enough to leave?
"I love my work, and I've always been tough enough to handle bad situations. This one is different."
do i have to choose between my career and my health?
If you feel isolated, ignored, or afraid at work,
it doesn't mean something's wrong with you.
I DIDN'T KNOW THAT
I was a lawyer representing employees in sexual harassment lawsuits.
The problem was that I was being sexually harassed at the same time.
I felt humiliated in having this problem. This was my dream job, and I couldn't give it up . . . but I was afraid that I might not be safe.
I went to other lawyers, and I asked how I could keep my job and stop my boss from touching me every day.
The other lawyers I talked to didn't know how to do that either.
I found out that the reason I didn't know how to stop sexual harassment and keep my job was (shocking news!) that I was never taught how.
I found tools that worked. I was able to encounter the situation so differently.
The man who was harassing me apologized, stopped touching me, and we worked together safely for years after.
I started teaching what I learned to my clients and saw them create amazing results.
That's why we started Cultural Health Training.
(among other things):First, I tried
Changing my clothes;
Changing where I walked;
Changing how I talked;
Talking less; and
Reporting the harassment.
...it didn't work.
I needed to think differently about my entire career.
I didn't give up, and neither should you.
If you are experiencing a toxic work environment, it's not your fault. There are solutions. Your career is worth fighting for.
That's What We Teach in Cultural Health Training
Do any of these sound like you?
You love your work and you're great at what you do
You’ve experienced rudeness, disrespect, and inappropriate behavior before, but this is different
It feels like you’re being targeted, and you may not even totally know why
You’ve tried ignoring it, and you don’t really want to make waves or cause trouble
But, you’ve started looking for other jobs in case things get worse
You worry that if you leave, the next person to take your place could have the same experience
YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE.
We work with brilliant, tough, motivated people every day who are in that exact spot.
THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU.
So, what's really going on?
When we encounter bullying and abuse at work, most of us try to get the abuser to stop. This makes sense!
But, the way we do that is almost always by trying to fix ourselves or fix the abuser.
Instead, we need to empower ourselves.
That might sound vague, but it's not.
The steps we go through in Cultural Health Training teach you how to do exactly that.
When we can feel empowered in any situation, we can create a healthy work environment wherever we are.
Prior to working with Eris, I was scared to go to work every day. I was afraid for my physical safety. But, I didn't want to leave because I didn't want to start over or for someone else to have to deal with this.
They taught me how to advocate for myself (regardless of anyone else's behavior), and how to change the dynamic. I ended up getting to the place where I wasn't even remotely concerned about this jerk anymore.
I got so stressed. I wasn't thinking right, I wasn't sleeping right, my health was not well.
Part of the process with Meredith was getting a real grip on my thoughts and feelings, understanding that we have choices around those...
Ultimately, I was able to stay in my job and my harasser left. I like who I am now more than I liked who I was before the harassment even started.
Here's what makes our clients so successful:
THEY VALUE THEIR CAREERS
When we have worked hard to get where we are in our careers, that is not something to throw away. We go to school, get licenses, and take trainings related to our careers. When we run into a cultural health issue, it is no different.
THEY TAKE THE PROBLEM SERIOUSLY
It is easy to want to minimize or ignore problems at work. When we do that, it is like ignoring a broken leg. It can't get better until we take it seriously.
THEY LISTEN TO THEMSELVES
Other people sometimes tell us, "it's not that big of a deal," or "maybe it was just a misunderstanding?" when we face abuse at work. Our clients know to trust their own instincts if it seems like something is off at work.
THEY ARE READY TO LEARN
Our clients know that there is nothing wrong with them -- they were just never taught how to encounter abusive behavior from a place of empowerment. Whether our clients leave or stay in their jobs, they make that decision from a place of power.
Here's what we've seen people create through this process:
(for their protection, these are not the clients' real names)
Melissa kept her position as a professor and the man who was sexually harassing her was forced to leave. Melissa started her own program doing work she was passionate about.
Liz was facing termination because she kept having "outbursts" at her coworkers. Liz's employer hired us to help her. She was able to keep her job, started making friends at work, and received a $14,000 raise that year.
Jill had an internet stalker who contacted her around 180 times in one month and threatened to release intimate photos of her. After working with our office, the contact stopped and Jill was able to focus on her career and life goals.
Astra quit their job after coming out as non-binary to their employer, a progressive non-profit organization. The non-profit reprimanded Astra for coming out and refused to recognize their identity. Then, Astra found Cultural Health Training. They were not only able to enforce their legal rights and receive compensation for the discrimination they experienced, but they also told us that for the first time, while experiencing street harassment, they were able to protect themself and feel empowered.
Natalie was the Director of a government agency, but she was being targeted by staff because she was a woman and a lesbian. Natalie was making $120,000 per year in her position, but she was thinking about taking a $50,000 per year job to get away from the abuse at work. That would have been a $60,000 per year investment in solving this problem! After the work she did through Cultural Health Training, she was able to enforce a safe work environment, the discriminatory employees were investigated, and many of them left their jobs. In the meantime, she found a job making $140,000 per year and was able to move on knowing she made an impact and kept other employees safe.
Each of these clients was successful because they were willing to take their career (and the abuse they were experiencing) seriously.
How about you?
Every employee deserves a healthy workplace culture and a thriving career.
That’s what Cultural Health Training creates.
Here's what you get...
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR CAREER
We believe YOU should be in charge of your career. Our team, collectively, has decades of experience in employment law, unionizing, and human resources -- and we use it to support YOU in the decisions you want to make in your career. This is your process, and we individually tailor our work to getting the results you want.
RESTORE YOUR POWER
Everyone meets abusive people in their lives. Many of us navigate those situations well, until we run into something we just can’t seem to solve. We weren’t taught in school how to be powerful around certain abusive people. But, it is always possible to restore our power even after trauma.
We analyze your situation to determine what legal rights might be available to you so that, together, we can use every tool possible to protect your career and stop abusive behavior.
GROW AFTER TRAUMA
Most of us have heard of post-traumatic stress. But, did you know that some people experience post-traumatic growth? That means that some people experience trauma and then have exponential growth in their lives because of the trauma. We believe this is possible for anyone. It takes work, but it is possible.
What does it include?
You meet 1:1 with your personal coach to talk about your individual situation and how to apply the tools (you will learn in this training) to your situation. These meetings are confidential and designed to make sure we take into account your individual experience. We know all stories are unique, and we want to hear yours.
TWO IMPACTFUL ONLINE COURSES
Immediately, when you start, you get access to the course Cultural Health Basics. This includes the safety, boundaries, and advocacy tools I have seen work to transform workplaces. You can go through this course as quickly or as paced as you want, within the 12 weeks of your training period. Once you complete the pillars of certification, which include all of the most crucial tools I have seen necessary to be successful, you automatically roll into a second group of Career Building Masters -- with a second set of tools that have helped me and others get promotions, build businesses, and create badass careers.
ACCESS TO AN ONLINE COMMUNITY
Once you have completed Cultural Health Basics Certification, you receive access to an online community of other people who have been through something similar to your experience. These are people, from all walks of life, who know what you’re going through and are taking back control of their careers as well.
AN EXECUTIVE TEAM
Our entire team is here to support you by text, email, or phone -- whatever works for you. We stay in touch with you individually, and our policy is to respond within 24 hours when you reach out. Did you report to HR and have them ignore you or minimize your concerns? Join the club. Literally. We do take days off, but we want to hear what’s going on with you anytime, and help you find the solution. This includes access to a (disillusioned) employment lawyer and a (disillusioned) HR executive. Even if HR and the law haven’t helped you so far, don’t give up. We’ve been there too.
These are other bonuses that clients have told us about:
Improved marriages. It's not what we're going for, but clients tell us all the time that they're able to communicate with their spouses more clearly because of the training.
More patience with kids. Not only do our stresses at work impact our own health but they can interfere with how we show up in our families. Resolving work problems can make a serious improvement in family relationships.
Clutter clear-out. More than one client has suddenly been able to let go of clutter and storage that has felt like a burden for years.
Increased productivity. Our experiences at work can become a drag we don’t even really notice on our productivity at home and in other areas. Once we learn how to be powerful at work, it often releases so much productivity -- even in other areas.
Legal Enforcement. Not everyone in a toxic work environment has a legal claim or wants to bring a legal claim. But for those who want to enforce their legal rights, there can be traps that they are not aware of. Because of our close contact, our clients are more likely to preserve a legal claim if one is available.
Processing Old Traumas. We are not therapists, and the Training is not therapy, but sometimes it is possible to get started processing old traumas by learning tools to resolve new traumas.
Feeling Better. Often our clients immediately report that they feel better, just because they know we’re on their side. This doesn’t mean that the process is easy, but feeling better is always possible
Let's talk about when it makes sense to invest in your career and when it doesn't.
Many of us invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in our education, and we leave feeling cheated (hello, I'm a lawyer!). That is NOT what we want in Cultural Health Training.
When people quit their jobs because of a toxic work environment, it generally costs both the employee and the employer 20% of the employee’s salary.
For employees, this is because most employees do not feel ready to go into a new job right away.
For employers, this is because there are costs of retraining, but also seeing people forced out because of cultural health issues can impact an entire company.
What does that mean for you?
Consider that most people don’t believe they’ll be forced to quit until things have gotten dangerously bad. We start having panic attacks, developing high blood pressure, and even losing our hair first. Things don’t need to get bad before you consider making a change.
Consider that we often invest thousands of dollars in vacations, believing that will be the answer to our work stress. Although vacations are awesome and provide a short-term solution, if you are experiencing a toxic work environment, they are not a long-term cure.
Consider that vacations and quitting is not the only answer to solve a work environment problem.
Here's how the minimum costs break down if you wait to solve this problem until you feel forced to quit:
Sometimes quitting is the answer but not always. To make that choice is often very, very expensive in the long run. The alternative is an investment that can seem expensive up-front but pays off big in quality of life, overall finances, etc.
That's the math we look at when we consider whether you're a good fit for Cultural Health Training. We always want our clients to get a 10x return on their investment. But, also, we want to help them make the important choice about the next right step for them.
One of our clients recently described it like this...
Women, especially, are terrible about investing in ourselves... for anything that is not cosmetic. ...
So, we can spend $10k on plastic surgery, and that's acceptable, but if we spend $10k on anything else, like trying to better our work situation, suddenly that's unreasonable.
But... we determine the kind of society we want to live in by what we normalize and think is okay, and also what we spend our money on. I want to live in a society that says "you're a person and you deserve a better workplace--we all do."
We only let a certain number of people into Cultural Health Training because we provide such specialized, high-touch services.
Are you one of those people?
Do you care about your career?
Are you facing a work environment that makes you doubt yourself?
Are you worried that people coming after you will face the same thing?
Do you owe it to yourself and your career to solve this problem?