Join us for our interactive workshop.


'Can’t you tell I was just joking??' postured John. ‘Lighten up!’ If this sounds familiar, you’ll know calling out ‘jokes’ or inappropriate behaviour at work is one of the hardest things to do. No one likes to be told they can’t ‘take a joke’ but ignoring inappropriate comments rarely works, and sends the wrong message. Good leaders tackle these issues to create a sense of fair-play, improve team cohesion and retain loyalty. With that in mind we are delighted to invite you to our next event, an interactive workshop in which we’ll be using one of InclusIQ’s Serious Games: 'Can’t You Take a Joke? Calling out Bad Behaviour'.

The workshop covers:

  • Understanding the fine line between banter and bad behaviour and excusing stereotypes as ‘just jokes’.
  • Anticipating the hidden message such humour has on the audience who hear it firsthand, and those who hear it later.
  • Recognising that people denying they are offended with 'I’m used to it' or 'It doesn’t really bother me' is not an excuse for inaction.
  • Learning when to respond with humour, candid feedback and delegation – and how time and place makes all the difference.
  • Calling out bad behaviour whilst retaining strong team relationships.

All workplaces need to be fun – but not at the expense of someone else. Please note that in order to take part each attendee should bring a laptop. A tablet may also work, but the games have not yet been optimised for smart phones. Also, although arranged by BCSWomen this is open to everyone, you need not be technical, a member of BCS, or even a woman!

About the speaker

Suzanne Doyle-Morris

Leading us through this workshop will be Suzanne Doyle-Morris, founder of InclusIQ. Suzanne received her Ph.D from the University of Cambridge, where she focused on the experiences of women working in male-dominated fields. She is author of Beyond the Boys’ Club: Strategies for Achieving Career Success as a Woman Working in a Male Dominated Field and Female Breadwinners: How They Make Relationships Work and Why They are the Future of the Modern Workplace. Suzanne is a Fellow of both the Professional Speakers Association and the Saltire Foundation. She is accredited as a PCC by the International Coach Federation and is interviewed regularly by the press for her views on workplace diversity issues. To find out more about what BCSWomen is doing in Scotland please feel free to join our LinkedIn group, or follow us on Twitter, @bcswomen

This event is brought to you by: BCSWomen in Scotland

BCSWomen - 'Can't you take a joke?' Calling out bad behaviour
Date and time
Tuesday 7 February, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
37 Castle Terrace
This event is sold out