Now more than ever, we need men to actively support women at work. Instead, they’re pulling back.
Senior-level men are now far more hesitant to spend time with junior women than junior men across a range of basic work activities.3 They are:
- 12x more likely to hesitate to have 1-on-1 meetings
- 9x more likely to hesitate to travel together for work
- 6x more likely to hesitate to have work dinners
As for why this is happening, 36% of men say they’ve avoided mentoring or socializing with a woman because they were nervous about how it would look.
Sexual harassment remains pervasive in the workplace—and there are dramatic differences in how women and men view the frequency and consequences of sexual harassment.
57% of women report that they’ve experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace, from hearing sexist jokes to being touched in an inappropriate way. And 24% of women say harassment is on the rise.
By contrast, 27% of men say that harassment is decreasing. And 50% of men say that the consequences are more damaging to the careers of harassers, not victims. Women tend to disagree: 64% say it’s the victims who end up paying a heavier price.
Employees say their companies are trying to prevent sexual harassment—but they don’t think it’s enough.
70% of employees now report that their company has taken action to address sexual harassment. That’s a significant increase from only 46% in 2018. And more than three-quarters of employees believe their company would thoroughly investigate a claim of sexual harassment.
Still, 1/2 of employees say that punishments are not harsh enough. And 3 in 10 employees think that high performers are never or rarely held accountable when they harass someone.
Not harassing is not enough. We need men to support women’s careers. That’s how we’ll achieve a workplace that is truly equal for all.
— Sheryl Sandberg and P&G’s Marc PritchardRead the article in Fortune