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Canada Research Chair Prasad examines workplace harassment
Sex-based harassment is a pervasive problem women experience in the workplace, and studies show women often stay silent out of fear of the consequences for speaking up. But what process convinces women it’s better to stay quiet?
School of Business Assoc. Prof. Ash Prasad, Canada Research Chair in Innovative Organizational Practice, and Assoc. Prof. Dulini Fernando of the Warwick Business School set out in 2016 to understand how women victims of sexual harassment are silenced in the workplace. They wrote about their findings this month in the Harvard Business Review.
Here is an excerpt:
“Based on our findings, we argue that sex-based harassment isn’t just a result of one individual’s actions: It’s accomplished by the complicity of various third-party actors... This complicity not only provided a safe haven for perpetrators to operate, as they were spared punishment, but also made victims feel confused, unsupported, and, ultimately, compelled to acquiescence. As victims felt demoralized, they disengaged from work and from the social fabric of the workplace, behavior that is known to hurt productivity, organizational commitment, and profit.”
Read the full article.