When to Call for Backup

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Grop­ing should al­ways be brought to HR. But while things like man­ter­rupt­ing are not il­le­gal, you can still re­port soft sex­ism if it cre­ates an un­com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment. ‘Only when women come for­ward are we able to change the cul­ture,’ says CEO Kim Churches, Here’s how:

Know Your Rights

‘Every em­ployer should pro­vide a hand­book of HR poli­cies and pro­ce­dures,’ says Churches. Read it to learn how your com­pany de­fines ha­rass­ment.

Con­sider Go­ing to the Source

‘If the per­son is some­one you know well enough to give feed­back to di­rectly, that can be a good first step,’ says chief peo­ple of­fi­cer Ciara Lakhani. Some guys may be com­pletely shocked to hear they’re dis­crim­i­nat­ing and move to cor­rect their be­hav­iour, but oth­ers could get of­fended and an­gry. In which case…

Make Your Re­port

‘HR has an obli­ga­tion to pro­tect the em­ploy­ees and the com­pany, so we fol­low a pretty struc­tured process,’ ex­plains Lakhani. ‘That means need­ing to hear both sides of the story.’ Be­fore you get your boss dragged into things, make sure you…

Re­cruit Oth­ers

‘If some­one is talk­ing over you in meet­ings, ask your co-work­ers if they no­tice it,’ sug­gests Lakhani. If you want HR to take ac­tion, you’ll have to prove the be­hav­iour is a pat­tern. Hav­ing co-work­ers sup­port you will help.

– Me­gan Deem

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