Employees poorly equipped to deal with sexual harassment (Guest commentary)

Employers spend too much time making the point that this behaviour is unacceptable, not enough giving workers the skills for dealing with it
By Linda Gordon Howard
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/31/2008

Sexual harassment is a serious, difficult and challenging issue for employers and employees alike. While most sexual harassment in the workplace is experienced by women, complaints can and do come from every quarter and from everyone. Virtually anyone who works can be sexually harassed, and surveys show sexual harassment is common, even rampant, in some organizations.

It is critical that both public and private employers develop effective means to address it. The costs to employees’ well-being, employers’ financial viability and worker productivity are too great to allow the issue to continue unabated.

The current means of addressing sexual harassment are: