Sheryl Sandberg recently took to Facebook to speak out about harassment towards women in the workplace. Monica Atwal has commented on the recent article posted on Management Today.
Sandberg wrote in a lengthy and revealing post in which she spoke of her own experience of unwanted advances in the workplace. ‘It’s the power. I didn’t work for any of these men. But in every single one of these situations, they had more power than I did,’ Sandberg said. ‘That’s not a coincidence. It’s why they felt free to cross that line.’
In the article Monica Atwal, Managing Partner and Employment Law specialist at Clarkslegal states ‘The answer lies in employers having clear code of conducts and policies and systematic and comprehensive training throughout the organisation. The training needs to ensure employees have insight, to recognise they make value judgements as well as covering what is appropriate behaviour, how discrimination manifests itself within an organisation and the steps that need to be taken to avoid discrimination. Sanctions need to be measured. Power need to be checked. Management responsibility is not only to set standards but to ensure that the ways of work are constantly challenged and reviewed to prevent indirectly discriminatory practices but also so employers can attract the very best talent.’