Sexual harassment, unfortunately, remains a problem that many people face over the years. Despite workplace crusades to bring it to an end, it still poses a serious issue.
But what about these days, when more and more people work remotely than ever before? Is sexual harassment still something to worry about?
What sexual harassment looks like now
Forbes discusses sexual harassment in the digital age and how it has changed and stayed the same.
In many ways, sexual harassment remains just as much of a problem as ever. Technology gives potential harassers more direct access to their potential victims. Rather than having to interact with victims face-to-face, they can take those interactions into chatrooms, video calls and emails.
How has it gotten worse?
Many people feel emboldened because of the slight feeling of anonymity they get online. Some also do not know that their behaviors constitute sexual harassment, so they engage without realizing they are harassing someone.
For example, someone may send a salacious email to a coworker in an attempt to flirt, not realizing that the other spurns the advance, or not picking up on those signs.
Others take full advantage of the multiple avenues of communication to harass people, knowing full well that their targets will have a harder time removing themselves from the situation.
Has anything improved?
Fortunately, yes. In today’s digital era, it is easier than ever to collect evidence of sexual harassment, which is crucial when reporting events. This makes it easier to stop harassment in its tracks, keeping workers feeling safe and secure in their positions.