Social Sensitivity in the Changing Workplace

In our ever-changing world, it can be difficult to keep up with social knowledge that helps us be effective and sensitive in day-to day communications.

No matter how well-intended, causing insult to someone can have lasting impacts on the person wounded, as well as the person assumed, or accused, of having caused harm.

In this interactive workshop participants will engage in discussions and self-reflective activities to raise both their awareness to recognize aspects of social expectation that can be risky when interacting with others, and how to repair when they have not duly considered these expectations and made social errors.

You will learn:

Three reasons we may find ourselves in sticky interpersonal situations:

  • designer lenses
  • the comfort zone
  • absent presence

Five social “hot buttons”; areas where social sensitivity is required to be successful in modern social settings:

  • cultural bias
  • gender assumptions
  • circumstantial conditions
  • social labels
  • social outrage

Four practical “repair” solutions for building trust in relationships:

  • assume the best
  • reverse social engineering
  • art of apology

You will use what you learn to:

  • Be more socially aware so that you can identify and manage social hotbuttons
  • Recognize social cues to ensure effective timing of repair behaviour
  • Identify aspects of social expression that indicate indignation and ego, versus authentic social injury
  • Be more aware of your own social hot buttons such that you can practice appropriate restraint
  • Understand when situations call for personal remedy versus practical repair
  • Apply social repair strategies that enable you to build trust

*This course is scheduled to run in person. Contact if you are unable to attend the course in person; we will check to see if you can join the in-person course by zoom.


Lew Bayer
CEO, Civility Experts

For more than 20 years, Dr. Lewena Bayer has been internationally recognized as the leading expert on civility at work. With a focus on social intelligence and culturally-competent communication, the team at Civility Experts – which includes 501 affiliates in 48 countries – has supported hundreds of organizations in building better workplaces. Dr. Lew Bayer is a 17-time published author, educator, speaker and multi-awarded in the field of Civility. Her entire career has been focused on speaking about, and fostering values of equity, inclusion, democracy, compassion, and justice. As such, Dr. Bayer travels, speaks and trains at approximately 250 events a year. She believes that she has moral obligation not only to represent herself as honorable and “human-kind” but also to enable others to choose and exhibit those same values.


  • QNET Members: $399.00 + GST  QNET member list
  • Event Partners (see list below): $399.00 + GST
  • Non-Members: $469.00 + GST  Join QNET

Please review event Terms & Conditions

Cancellations (by the attendee) must be received in writing no later than 8 days prior to the course start. 


Members of the following organizations receive the partner rate for this event.

  • ASCM Winnipeg Chapter
  • Manitoba Aerospace

Funding provided by The Manitoba government.

Course Credits

  • An optional course in the 70 credit hour QNET Certificate in Management Development (CMD)
  • Eligible for credit in the CAM:OE (Certificate in Applied Management: Organizational Effectiveness) in partnership with the University of Manitoba, Continuing Education




Social Sensitivity in the Changing Workplace

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1 day workshop
660-175 Hargrave St.,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 3R8
Member: $399.00 (+GST)
Event Partner: $399.00 (+GST) see list below
Non-Member: $469.00 (+GST)

Lew was well informed and supportive during our sessions.

It was very interesting to see that (possibly) I am wrong about some of my views. It got me thinking a little bigger picture than before how linear my views on some issues could have been.

There were lots of good tidbits of advice. It helped to hear some examples of cultural differences that I had never looked at from that point of view.

Great pacing thru the sessions. Enjoyed her style. Great explanations with examples for you to relate to.

Enjoyed the facilitators discussion and additional insight. Asked great questions and had good participation from the group. enjoyed the day to day relating of the subject matter and the great examples that were given.

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