Sexism in the workplace is still a significant issue and with pay gaps between men and women still too big, there are many issues that need to be addressed.
Defining sexism in the workplace is a wee bit more difficult than you might think. Unwanted sexual advances can cause damage to a persons well being, employee moral and productivity. Casual sexism is unfortunately so engrained in company culture that it can often pas by unnoticed. It is why it is such a big topic in our Unconscious Bias Training Workshops.
This sexism in the workplace can be so subtle that employees may not notice it; with only a subtle sense of alienation and discrimination building. There are three things that leadership can do to help stamp out sexual harassment in the workplace:
To stop sexual discrimination in the workplace – first you have to spot it
It sounds simple but knowing that there is indeed an issue is the first step. Companies should have active company handbooks that can advise their employees on what they can do if they feel they are being sexually harassed in the workplace. Does your company have one and do your employees know about it?
Shift your company culture
While we still have someway to go, there are more women in leadership roles than there has been. Use that to help shift the companies culture by setting a good example. Share examples of the ‘olden days’ and highlight why sexism in the workplace is unacceptable.
Stick together and find friends in the workplace for support
You will not be the only one that has had to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace so look for those around you for support. Too often women find themselves alone in the battles of sexual harassment. Stick together with your coworkers and help each other.