Sexual harassment in the workplace is bullying or enforcement of a sexual nature on a person without his/her consent. It often involves the inappropriate transaction of rewards in exchange for sexual favors. It covers a range of physical actions from sexual abuse to sexual assault. Sexual harassment in the workplace is known to take place in a wide range of social settings. Many cases have come forward from schools, private organizations, and even Catholic churches. It is one of the biggest concerns in the modern world. Women are much more prone to sexual harassment in the workplace than men. However, it’s known to go both ways. It often goes in hand with abuse of power.
Harmful effects of sexual harassment in the workplace:
- Stressed employees.
- Sexual harassment claims.
- High work pressure.
- Lack of manager trust in the organization.
- High employee turnover.
- High workplace absenteeism.
- Low employee productivity.
- Million dollar sexual harassment lawsuits.
- Damages company reputation.
Workplace sexual harassment examples
- Unwanted sexual gestures.
- Inappropriate touching.
- Demanding unethical sexual favors.
- Sharing inappropriate sexual pictures of someone.
How to Prevent Workplace Sexual Harassment?
For the employer:
- Take all complaints seriously, regardless of the position of those involved.
- Try to maintain discreetness, and thoroughly investigate and address the issues raised in the complaint.
- If the investigation proves that the allegations are legit, take immediate action to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.
- Make it very clear, that your organization does not tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace.
- Employees often fear persecution for voicing their concerns. Implement Your Safe Hub in your organization for employee grievance management and reporting purposes. It’s a secure and anonymous communication channel that protects your employees with the power of anonymity.
For the employee:
The first step in preventing sexual harassment is to recognize it. Are you a victim of workplace sexual harassment? You might even be confused about where to draw the line between tough management and harassment. People in this kind of situation often blame themselves to be delusional or paranoid. They give their superiors the benefit of the doubt and convince themselves that it’s just a tough working environment. But the truth is, workplace sexual harassment is nothing new.
Keeping this in mind, a majority of people claim to have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. According to surveys, about half of women claim to have been sexually harassed in the workplace at some point in their life. However, just 5 to 15 percent of those files a complaint, as they fear persecution for voicing their concerns.
Demand your employers to implement Your Safe Hub in your organization. You never know who else might be going through the same thing in your company. Your Safe Hub is an anonymous communication channel that protects employees with the power of anonymity.