Predictors of sexual harassment
The strongest predictor of sexual harassment is company culture.
If employees believe their workplace takes sexual harassment seriously, then sexual harassment is less likely to occur. In an environment where employees fear retaliation and don’t believe perpetrators will be punished, harassers ― particular company stars ― can more easily get away with bad behavior.
The second strongest predictor is the relative number of women to men.
If men outnumber women, especially at the top, and if the profession is traditionally male, there is likely to be more harassment.
Ways to Build a Better Culture
- Make it clear what behaviors are not tolerated
- Identify the consequences for misbehavior
- Be Transparent
- Survey employees anonymously to gauge the extent of sexual harassment
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