Hiscox USA Workplace Harassment Study finds Prevalence of Harassment

Date: 12/8/18
Title: Hiscox USA Workplace Harassment Study finds Prevalence of Harassment

More than one-third of employees have experienced harassment in the workplace with sexual harassment on the top of the list

In 2018, Hiscox USA commissioned a Workplace Harassment Study to determine how prevalent it is in U.S. workplaces.  The results were compiled from a survey of 500 (250 men and 250 women) U.S. adult full-time employees between June 6 and June 11, 2018 using an email invitation and online survey. The study found that more than one-third of U.S. workers feel that they’ve experienced harassment in the workplace and sexual harassment tops the list of the most common forms of employee misconduct at 50%, followed by race/ethnicity (17%), religion (15%), sexual orientation (13%), and age (13%).   

Interesting Results

  • 78% of those who were harassed said that it was perpetrated by a  male
  • 73% said their harasser was in a senior position
  • Harassment included acts committed by women against men, members of the same sex and by non-company employees
  • 40% of respondents said they never reported the harassment
  • Top reason for failure to report was the fear the allegations would create a hostile work environment (53%), followed by fear of retaliation from the employer (46%), fear management won’t properly handle the situation (39%), and fear of retaliation from the harasser(s) (33%)
  • Of those who did report harassment, only 37% believed that the incident was handled properly by their employer.  This figure climbed to 49% for women who reported harassment.
  • 45% of all respondents said that they witnessed harassment; of which, 42% did not report it
  • Size of the company doesn’t influence the amount of harassment allegations

o   Respondents in companies with fewer than 200 employees and those with over 1,000 employees reported the same amount of harassment (32%)

o   54% of firms with less than 200 employees do not offer anti-harassment training compared to 21% of those at firm with more than 1,000 employee

o   Only 39% of smaller companies (< 200 employees) reported having implemented new workplace harassment policies within the past 12 months vs. 57% of the large firms.

  • Positive impact of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements

o   85% of respondents said they believed people were more likely to report incidents

o   51% said their company have implemented new policies relating to workplace  harassment in the past 12 months

  • Millennials were the most likely to claim harassment (46%) compared to Gen Xers (35%) Millennials were almore likely to report harassment to company management or the policy (76%).

We, at Workplace Dynamics, can assist you in developing strong Anti-Harassment policies, procedures and conduct Anti-Harassment or Respectful Workplace Training.  Please contact us for more information.

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