In the wake of the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the reactions and revelations from numerous Hollywood actresses has sparked a national conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace. Buoyed by the “#MeToo” social media campaign, women from many backgrounds and industries shared their experiences about unwelcome advances. In all, more than 15 million social media posts were made over the past few days furthering the campaign.
In a prior post, we wrote about whether sexual harassment in the workplace was becoming the “new normal.” Essentially, we questioned whether the harassment of women will continue as long as men do not believe they will get caught, and victims believe that their careers will be compromised if they speak out against such abuse.
Just like there’s a thin line between love and hate (like the old Persuaders song suggests), there is also a thin line between harassment and disrespect. For the uninitiated, disrespect can come in many forms, such as malicious gossip, the silent treatment or raising one’s voice, as well as profane language.
When we go to work, there are a number of concerns that can bring about stress. It could be a high-pressure environment, difficult personalities to manage, lofty expectations or financial problems. None of them should be the specter of sexual harassment.
In our last post, we asked the question of whether employees dealing with sexual harassment on a regular basis is the new normal. The question arose in the midst of the latest payout by Fox News to remove someone reportedly accused of harassing female employees. Indeed, the Bill O’Reilly situation is outside of the norm (with regards to payouts for problem employees). But we are concerned because there are potentially thousands of young women who are afraid to speak out against discrimination because they fear losing their jobs.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is sadly becoming the new normal. While this may be shocking to some and offending to others, it is unfortunately a statement that has strong statistical roots. On the heels of the recent story regarding Fox News’ payments to settle alleged sexual harassment claims against Bill O’Reilly, we have noticed a disturbing trend of high profile sexual harassment incidents.
With Valentine’s Day passing last week, it is appropriate to talk about office romances. After all, Valentine’s Day may be the beginning of relationships that may spawn from spending so many hours in the office together.
The latest jobs report (for the month of February) revealed a steady increase in hiring. Overall, the nation's economy added 224, 000 jobs, which was a welcome sight compared to the number of jobs added in January.
The next time you are in a restaurant and are poised to leave a tip, consider this: tipping is not just about giving an extra “thank you” for receiving good service. It is often a way of life for the poor and disadvantaged; particularly young women who are in their first jobs.
Nothing can spark gossip in the office more than rumors of an office romance. After all, who doesn’t like a love story that starts at work. When you really think about it, we spend a majority of our days in the office, and our co-workers can sometimes know us better than our family members and spouses.