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Are you the one in 12 women who are sexually harassed in the workplace?

One in 12 women has felt sexually harassed in the workplace but less than half have reported it to another member of staff, according to a recent survey of 1,500 women conducted by HR consultancy Reabur.  The research found that women often did not report sexual harassment because they felt it would affect their future career or that they would not be taken seriously or would be accused of over-reacting.  Other findings of the survey include:

  • 21% of respondents said that sexist comments were a problem for them
  • 2% said they had been inappropriately touched by a male collegue at work.
  • 23% felt their male boss would promote a male colleague over them
  • 12% said they did not think their boss had as much faith in their abilities as they did in their male peers.

Kirsty Burgess, co-managing director of Reabur, said: “It is concerning that many women still feel they will not be taken seriously. I would strongly advise any victim of harassment to report the incident to a manager or trusted collegue. On many occassions these situations can be resolved internally and the resolution makes for a much happier work environment.”

Click here to access the full article on Personnel Today.
 

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