Now more than ever, we need men to actively support women at work. Instead, they’re pulling back.
40% of managers who are men are uncomfortable participating in a common work activity with a woman, such as mentoring, working alone, or socialising together.1 That’s a 33% jump from how they felt before the widespread media reports of sexual harassment.
Senior-level men are also 2x more hesitant to spend time with junior women than junior men across a range of basic work activities, including one-on-one meetings, travelling for work, and business dinners.
Meanwhile, 1/3 of women have noticed that senior men have been less likely to interact with them at work or socialise with them outside of work during the past two years.
Sexual harassment remains pervasive in the workplace—and there are big differences in what women and men feel is happening.
64% of women report that they’ve experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace, from hearing sexist jokes to being touched in an inappropriate way. And 19% of women say harassment is on the rise.
By contrast, 28% of men say that harassment is decreasing. And 42% of men say that the consequences are more damaging to the careers of harassers, not victims. Women tend to disagree: 72% say it’s the victims who end up paying a heavier price.
Employees say their companies are trying to prevent sexual harassment—but they don’t think it’s enough.
51% of employees say their companies have responded to the #MeToo movement by taking action against harassers, updates to their policies, or offering employees guidance or training. This means 1/2 of employees cannot say that about their companies.
More than 3/4 of employees believe their company would thoroughly investigate a claim of sexual harassment.
Still, 1/2 of employees say that punishments are not harsh enough. And 30% of employees think that high performers are never or rarely held accountable when they harass someone.