Unfortunately even in this day and age it is incredibly shocking to learn that over 60% of women in the UK have experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace. A study has revealed the seriousness of harassment can range from groping to inappropriate comments. ‘Me too’ is a movement for sexual violence/ harassment survivors. People being able to share their own experiences helps other people to not feel so alone if they are being sexually harassed and perhaps gives them the confidence to speak up about what they are experiencing.
A survey discovered 16-24 year olds are the most frequent victims of sexual harassment. Over 25% of women stated that a colleague, often a senior manager, had made an inappropriate pass at them at some point during their career. What is most concerning is that only around 20% of women experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace feel comfortable enough to report it to their manager or HR team.
Steps you can take if you are being sexually harassed
It can be an incredibly daunting time if you are being sexually harassed in the workplace. An important step to take is to keep a written record of any sexual harassment you are a victim of. This includes dates, times and locations. You can think about which option you would like to go with. You can either speak directly to the person who is carrying out the sexual harassment, Make a formal complaint/ grievance with your employer or take your employer to an employment tribunal.
How We Love Work can help
‘We Love Work’ provides a well being bot so your employees can express how they feel at work. It is a great, quick and direct way of communicating with your employees and for your employees to communicate with you as an employer. It is a tool that can be used to report and track sexual harassment in the workplace.
If you’d like a free demo please visit www.welovework.com