Online, the world seems to have changed radically since abusers like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey started falling to the battle cry of #MeToo. In the office, however, the very places the movement strives to protect are not taking too much notice. Those that are have one striking thing in common: women in positions of actual authority.
The Center for Organizational Excellence, which is run by the American Psychological Association, has just released survey data looking at how workplaces have changed the way they address sexual harassment and abuse. More than 1,500 American adults shared whether they've seen any difference in support and safety in the office. Unfortunately, only 10 percent say they've been given more resources or training on sexual harassment. Employers intensified their anti-harassment policies for only 8 percent of workers, and a mere 7 percent sat through an all-staff meeting on the topic.
That's not just a bad look, it's undermining the company itself. "Leaders in a psychologically healthy workplace model civility, respect, fairness, and trust," COE director David Ballard said in a press release. "In an organizational culture where every employee feels safe, supported, and included, people can be their best, and that's good for people and profits."
There is some good news, though. Employees are becoming much more willing to report and confront damaging behavior, especially if there are women in upper management. If the change has to come from the bottom up, sooner or later, the top is going to have to listen.