Uncomfortable touches on the shoulder. Overly personal questions in the break room. Inappropriate comments in meetings. These in-person situations may not be happening when we work remotely, but that doesn’t mean remote work is free of harassment.
Remote work, whether it’s full time or part of a hybrid model, has decided benefits: an expanded talent pool from which to choose, increased retention, decreased absenteeism, reduced costs for office space, and more.
But it can also make harassment issues more difficult to witness and report. The evolving workplaces we’re experiencing as more people work remotely bring a new set of issues. And every company needs to be prepared.
In this article in HR Daily Advisor, Kantola’s Natasha Nicholson breaks down how sexual harassment is different in remote work environments than in person, how it affects organizations, and what concrete steps companies can take to prevent it.
Learn more: For more on harassment in remote work environments, check out Kantola CEO Sarah Rowell’s interview with Business.com’s Skye Schooley. They talk about what defines harassment, what it looks like in remote work, and how companies can reexamine their existing policies and culture to address it.