Following results of sexual-harassment survey, Sydney Symphony to introduce workplace changes

Posted on: August 4, 2022

“Almost half of 76 staff surveyed by leading workplace consultant Elizabeth Broderick including musicians of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra had experienced some form of bullying, one quarter in the past 12 months,” writes Linda Morris in Thursday’s (8/4) Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). “One-third (34.8 per cent) of female respondents and 23.1 per cent of male respondents said they had experienced sexual harassment…. Very few formally reported incidents of inappropriate behavior, with almost 40 per cent of respondents saying they did not feel safe in speaking up. The figures are included in a summary of Broderick’s findings … circulated to the SSO’s council members on Wednesday…. The chair of the SSO’s board, Geoff Wilson, and interim CEO Craig Whitehead accepted all recommendations.… A series of training workshops on respectful workplace behavior for all staff will be introduced this year as well as regular team surveys…. MEAA’s [Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance] chief executive Erin Madeley said the union had been encouraged by the quick response of SSO management and the board in accepting all recommendations of the Broderick investigation…. Former CEO Emma Dunch cited the Broderick review in an unfair dismissal claim she has filed against the SSO and its chair … [that is] up for mediation on August 22.”