Remote Work Fueling Increased Workplace Harassment

July 30, 2021

A recent New York Times article identified an increase in workplace harassment over the pandemic.

“What surprised many was the extent to which remote work made it easier for some employees to exert power over those who were comparatively vulnerable. That’s because the channels through which remote work occurs — text, phone, video — are often unmonitored, unrecorded or occur outside employer-sponsored platforms.”

Harassers understand that bystanders are not there watching; therefore, that layer of protection is not a deterrent. To add, people are working from their homes, making things feel more casual which some may translate as less professional. And, when the stress of the pandemic is also considered, manipulative behavior may be heightened.

Now is the time to revisit the language of harassment and discrimination prevention policies and require refresher training for both leaders and employees. Including remote work guidelines into the policies and training is critical to help eliminate future issues.

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SOURCE: Workplace Harassment in the Age of Remote Work by Leah Fessler, New York Times

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