One of the most challenging issues you may have to confront in your business is sexual harassment allegations. While some acts are overt, others may prove more difficult to spot.
As a business, you owe it to your employees to investigate all claims of harassment. When it comes to the sneakier perpetrators, however, you may have more of a challenge. Take a look at some of the more subtle instances of sexual harassment at work.
What does body language say?
The way people act and each other may help point out the more underlying occurrences of sexual harassment. Body language often speaks volumes, especially if you know what to look for. An unreceptive person will show you everything you need to see by backing away or trying to excuse himself or herself from a conversation. Meanwhile, a perpetrator may continue to close the physical gap and impede another’s exit.
Are there instances of inappropriate contact out of work?
Some employees develop friendships at work that extend beyond. However, if someone says a coworker is sending unsolicited messages or getting too close on social media, you may need to step in. This is especially true if the pursuer has expressed the desire for a romantic relationship with the other worker.
Has the victim’s work performance suffered?
A big sign that a worker’s behavior goes beyond friendly is if the victim’s work performance suffers. Excessive absences or tardies may also point to something behind the scenes. Feelings of discomfort may escalate into fear and impact the victim’s mental health.
Stopping a workplace predator is your top concern when it comes to keeping your employees safe. By maintaining an open channel of communication for reporting and remaining out among the workforce, you have a better chance of stopping a traumatic event from occurring in your company.