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There has been a lot of talk about the recent “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements, but at least one organization insists those words still need to be followed up by more action. The Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI) recently said its research shows 18 percent of U.S. employees have observed abusive or intimidating behavior in the workplace; 7 percent of these same employees have witnessed at least one act of sexual harassment, but 37 percent of these employees surveyed who saw such misconduct at work have also said they have not reported it.
But how companies achieve and communicate these efforts in the coming years and months will be a challenge. After all, any organization that is taking on these challenges cannot exactly boast that “we are stopping harassment and retaliation in the workplace.” We aren’t talking about measuring carbon emissions, counting volunteering hours or raising wages here.
But there are ways of showing that the old ways of doing business are over, and the list of companies who are trying to break through with their creativity is getting longer. Getting more women on corporate boards is one way in which organizations can ensure that these messages are drilled from the top of an organization down in order to change attitudes, policies and minds.
Finally, taking on workplace harassment and intimidation needs to go far beyond the office parks and skyscrapers in developing countries: such behavior needs to be stamped out of supply chains worldwide.
Read the full article about new workplace ethics by Leon Kaye at TriplePundit.