300 million women run businesses across the globe in select countries. These women are brave. They face cultures that do not traditionally celebrate women in the workplace. Their bravery, however, doesn’t keep them safe from harm. The workplace can be hostile to women and sometimes more so than for men. Here are a few of the most common workplace injuries for women and how to avoid them if possible. 1. Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment should never be tolerated in the workplace. Unfortunately, some men do not understand what might be considered sexual harassment. This is no excuse. Does the law see ignorance as an excuse? Never. You must obey the laws of the land and it’s your responsibility to understand and follow them. Similarly, it’s your responsibility to understand what sexual harassment looks like and avoid it at all costs. If you’re experiencing sexual harassment, protect yourself by knowing what […]Read more
#MeToo taught women that there’s strength in numbers. Those numbers will rise if women’s male co-workers and employers also get on board. February 22, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. At the beginning of the #MeToo movement, women saw clearly that there is strength — and power — in numbers. Multiple women speaking out emboldened others to come forward until a trickle of accusations turned into a critical mass. Then and only then were high-profile predators like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Bill O’Reilly and Steve Wynn taken down. Related: Is ‘That’ Sexual Harassment? How to Tell, Using ‘Cooper’s 6 Levels.’ The #MeToo phenomenon went viral, impacting every industry at every level, from hotel workers in New York City to farm laborers in the fields of California, and from members of the European Parliament to media titans and Fortune 500 CEOs. Sexual harassment’s ubiquity was exposed: in 2017 in […]Read more
Turning a blind eye could be hurting your company. April 16, 2018 6 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Whether it’s in the White House, the board room or any company in America, sexual harassment is the dark reality that has faced us forever as women. We are just now feeling permission to discuss the issue. Men, it’s real. Please don’t minimize it. Here’s one compelling reason: Sexual harassment is costing your business a lot. Forget the human side for a second and focus on the economic gains. If your workforce were created, trained, promoted and treated equally, your workforce engagement and productivity would improve by dramatically. That’s greater revenue, greater productivity and greater innovation. In fact, researchers at the Peterson Institute for International Economics found […]Read more
This Business Leader Says Sweden Is Far Ahead of the U.S. When It Comes to Dealing With Sexual Harassment. Here’s What We Can Learn.
A Swedish CEO weighs in on how his homeland has made strides in combating sexual harassment — and how we can catch up. March 8, 2018 6 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As a male CEO in tech, I stand firmly behind #MeToo and its potential to reshape power structures across industries, including my own. But, as a native of Sweden, I’m troubled by the slow pace at which things are happening in the United States, where my business has employees and customers, and where I’m based half the year. Certainly, #MeToo has momentum here — just consider this past Sunday’s Oscars show. But, today — International Women’s Day — meaningful change still seems like a distant prospect. Related: Is ‘That’ Sexual […]Read more