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1 in 4 women experience inappropriate comments in the office

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8% of women admitted having experienced sexual harassment at work

A workplace survey recently published by CareerWallet has revealed that 1 in 4 women (24%) are still experiencing inappropriate comments in the workplace or remotely via zoom and email from managers and colleagues. Only 10% of men said they have issues with similar comments meaning more than double the number of women are subjected to this. However, the survey showed that nearly twice as many men (10%) as women (6%) are experiencing homophobic behaviour and comments from colleagues or managers. According to the survey results, these toxic behaviours aren’t just happening in the office with many hybrid workers admitting to receiving comments on zoom calls or over email.

Survey results showed that nearly 1 in 10 women (8%) surveyed admitted having experienced sexual harassment at work and 28% of all women surveyed said they have experienced bullying from colleagues or direct line managers.

The extensive workplace survey gives a stark warning to employers across the UK as millions of workers are not only unhappy in their current roles but even worse are being subjected to aggressive, sexist and homophobic behaviour often from line managers. As firms struggle to recruit and keep the best talent due to mass skill shortages across so many sectors, it is essential employers offer positive and healthy environments for their staff to maximise staff retention rates.

Craig Bines, CEO at The CareerWallet Group, commented, “Our new workplace survey highlights how many employees are not only unhappy in their workplace but also being subjected to extremely toxic behaviour from line managers and colleagues.

It is hugely upsetting to hear so many women being subjected to inappropriate and sexist comments from colleagues and managers, especially in the modern workplace.  It is clear that many employers across the UK need to address their work environments and also consider how staff are being impacted through hybrid working.”

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