A quick google search of sexual harassment in the hospitality industry generates pages of articles, news reports, and research studies. The scope of the problem can be overwhelming at times.
On the other hand, ask members of the SAFE Bar Network if a safe night out is possible and the short answer is yes, absolutely. The longer answer is, yes, and creating a workplace culture focused on using active bystander skills to increase safety will pay off ten-fold.
SAFE Bar Network members see an increase in camaraderie and employees who are more engaged and stay with the business longer.
They see a positive change in the atmosphere and repeat customers who bring others to the venue to relax, have fun and celebrate.
The SAFE Bar Network exists because employees at bars and other alcohol-serving venues often see people who are uncomfortable or unsafe and they don’t have the skills or the support needed to interrupt the problem and increase comfort and safety.
We’re helping venues solve this problem by engaging their employees in training conversations that are simple, manageable, and most importantly effective – but you don’t have to take our word for it.
Stone Brewing Company Southern California and Richmond, Virginia
Being part of the SAFE Bar Network has helped our team recognize, understand and support one another and our fans in prioritizing making Stone Brewing Company a safe place to enjoy amazing food and drink badass beer. Through the learnings of SAFE Bar’s training program, Team Stone has empowered one another to stand up to bullies, be brave, and do the right thing!
- Alex Mercado, Stone Brewing
Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton and Breckenridge, Colorado
Being part of the SAFE Bar Network and training our team has helped us empower our employees to identify unsafe or uncomfortable situations for coworkers and peers, and how to deescalate situations. The Breckenridge Team at all locations now feels equipped with new ways of observing and understanding inappropriate behavior in our places of work. Our team now feels united towards the same purpose of protecting one another and our guests.
- Mara Willner, Breckenridge Brewery
Gentle Ben's Brewing Company in Tucson, Arizona
Being part of the SAFE Bar Network and training our team has helped us come together closer as a team and has broadened our vision on safety and care for our guests. Thank you SAFE Bar Network!
- Richard Fifer, Gentle Ben's Brewing
To learn more about joining the SAFE Bar Network visit safebarnetwork.org/join
The SAFE Bar Network is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) you can join the team by donating your time, talent, and money to the mission of giving everyone a SAFE Night Out, just click here.
To learn more about active bystander skills check out our blog post, Obstacles. What obstacles? 3 Full Proof Everyday Active Bystander Skills.
Interested in learning more about bystander intervention? Visit our friends at With Us Center for Bystander Intervention.