Harassment in the Workplace

A survey shows that more than 40 percent of women experienced harassment or discrimination last year.
Harassment in the Workplace

FORTY-TWO PERCENT of women and 15 percent of men experienced some form of sexual harassment or gender discrimination in the past year, according to a survey conducted by the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM). The survey about desirable workplace conditions was distributed to students and alumni at 30 schools in the GNAM network, which includes business schools from around the world.

Fewer than 10 percent of respondents who said they experienced misconduct reported the incident, internally or externally. Among this group, only 5 percent consulted their bosses, human relations departments, or units within the firm that handle harassment issues.

Two-thirds of total respondents agree that “the existence of a culture of sexual harassment at a workplace is a factor when you look for a job.” The frequency of this response was slightly higher among full-time students (67 percent) than among currently employed students and alumni (62 percent), and higher among women (78 percent) than among men (55 percent).

“Establishing a reputation for a workplace free of sexual harassment is likely to be one of the most effective ways employers can compete for talent,” says co-author Frances Rosenbluth, Damon Wells Professor of Political Science at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. “Recognizing the problem, and dealing with it effectively, offers employers a winning strategy for recruiting and retaining valuable human capital.”