We often associate sexual harassment with the more extreme stories that have come out of Hollywood. But in fact, a hostile environment is more than just stories of extreme harassment and abuse. It’s an environment where sexist and joking comments are used to put the recipient down, and create an environment that makes it clear that the recipient isn’t welcome or respected. It doesn’t have to only be sexual harassment taking place. It can just be harassing somebody and making their work environment uncomfortable based on their sex or gender.
The ongoing sexual harassment scandal coming out of Hollywood is continuing to rock the world. We're not just hearing it from Hollywood. We're also hearing allegations and shocking stories coming out of big name media too. Victims in the entertainment industry are retching up extraordinary stories of sexual abuse and harassment and the world is listening.
Getting employees to speak up and report wrongs they see can be hard.
Many of us had our eyes glued to the Alabama Senate race, while Alabamians voted to fill a seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. In the running, on the Republican side, a man with allegations of harassment and inappropriate behaviour against him, and on the other side a Democrat who hoped the recent national attention on alleged harassment against his opponent would create a rare opportunity for the Democrats to win the seat. Many would argue that this election happening at all is the result of a lack of Tone at the Top where an environment of name calling and hurled insults lead to Jeff Sessions eventually stepping down. At a time when harassment and abuse claims are at an all time high, the result of this vote is very telling.
It's International Anti-Corruption day on December 9th. Corruption is a global issue and one of the biggest obstructions to economic and social development around the world. It's estimated that every year, $1 trillion is paid in bribes world-wide. It's also estimated that $2.6 trillion is stolen annually through corruption. This equals more than 5% of the global GDP. Bribery helps corruption along it's path of destruction. And when businesses use bribery and corruption in order to try to get ahead, or win the bid, more people end up getting hurt because of it.
It's a great honour to be named Time Magazine's Person of the Year. Everyone has their own opinion of who this prestigious honour should be awarded to. But this year, it's not one person. It's a representation of many people. It's a representation of fear that has been keeping many silent for so long.