Unfortunately, females are often victims of sexual harassment in the place where they spend the majority of their time—at work. As a supervisor, there are things you can do to protect your female employees and keep your place of business safe for everyone who works there. The first step is identifying the different types of harassment and creating a reporting system that is safe for anyone who feels violated.
Make Reporting Easy
Being able to report incidents of sexual harassment or work discrimination needs to be simple. If employees feel like they’re jumping through hoops just to get in touch with the appropriate parties, it can result in fewer cases being reported and less appropriate action taken. Make the process straightforward for anyone who feels they need to speak up.
In addition to making coming forward with complaints easier, businesses also need to be proactive. Implement policies that help ward off incidents of discrimination from happening in the first place. This should include company-wide meetings about what harassment against female colleagues and superiors is and what to do if it occurs. Have a warning system in place that all employees in the workplace know about. It’s good to have set a warning system in place that allows employees to easily communicate when something is wrong. More often than not, harassment occurs in the workplace, but is written off out of fear or not knowing if it truly is harassment. Staying proactive means setting boundaries for the behavior of all employees.
Take Accusations Seriously
Regardless of your position in a company, you need to take any accusations of harassment seriously. Never dismiss claims of harassment in the workplace, especially when it comes from a female counterpart. Men can also fall victim to harassment, but even now, with so much emphasis on equality, females are still more likely to be harassed at work.
When it comes to business, women have come a long way. Females now hold positions that were once only given to men. However, even with all of the positive changes, women are still sometimes treated differently than men, especially when it comes to the workplace. No one should ever feel unsafe at their place of employment. If you’re in a position of authority, it’s your job to instill a feeling of safety in everyone who works there.