Codes of Behaviour- just for the arts industries?

November 6, 2017

These last few weeks have been a turbulent time in the world of film, television, theatre and the performing arts as numerous accounts of sexual harassment have surfaced in relation to some of the worlds biggest household names.

In response to these revelations, London’s Royal Court Theatre has announced it is creating a Code of Behaviour to be implemented organisation-wide which they hope that the wider industry will join them in adopting, designed to fundamentally change the culture of the performing arts industry and increase the standard of behaviour accepted and tolerated from and by practitioners and leaders in these big arts institutions. You can read more about it here: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/nov/04/royal-court-theatre-issues-behaviour-code-to-tackle-sexual-harassment

This got me thinking about whether as OD practitioners, leaders and managers in our organisations we should also have a code of behaviour which transcends our industry so that we can develop a shared understanding together about how a practitioner who is in the field of OD or a leader who has responsibilities for OD as part of their role behaves and conducts themselves in relation to this responsibility and privilege.

As the aspiring Institute for OD in this country, this is something we would and should want our members and partners to have a view on and involvement in creating. I certainly think this is something we should be interested to explore further but I would be interested in your thoughts.

Would you value a code of conduct, practice or behaviour for OD practitioners?

Is a code of behaviour something you would want to sign up to adhering to?

Would you expect your managers and leaders to do so too?

Let me know via email on elen.benfield@thebeechcentre.co.uk. I’d love to hear what you think.

Elen Benfield

Communications Manager

The Beech Centre for People, Performance and Organisational Development

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