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Preventing Harassment in a Virtual Workplace

Essential Guide

When employees shifted to a remote work environment at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many predicted that harassment claims would dramatically reduce or the problem would disappear altogether.

However, video conferencing applications and a shift toward online interaction allowed offensive acts to occur. Instead of a reduction in employee complaints of harassment, there has been an increase.

This essential guide presents the critical issues that have come into focus during the remote work era, including:

  • Decline in face-to-face interaction
  • Unwelcome behavior via online channels
  • An increase in men experiencing unwelcome behavior
  • Increased visibility into personal space
  • An increase in awkward incidents and/or willingness to share personal details over video meetings or conference calls
  • Employees treat the virtual environment like the “Wild Wild West”
  • Reduced Potential for Micro-Aggressive Behaviors

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