The Workplace Color Spectrum® is a behavior rating tool. It’s a language to help you and your colleagues describe a range of behaviors in non-offensive, non-adversarial terms.
How often have you heard someone use the term “harassment” (a legal term) incorrectly to mean anything they believe is unfair or bad? How do you think someone reacts when they’re told they’re a harasser, for example? People get defensive, adversarial and communication breaks down. Using the Workplace Color Spectrum limits those emotional responses — and it triggers behavioral change.
When a colleague says or does something that makes you uncomfortable, you have a choice. Instead of saying “hey that’s offensive” say “hey that’s orange!”