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Workplace Harassment


Over the last years, and particularly since the MeToo and the Black Lives Matter movements have gained in importance, workplace harassment has become a growing concern for employers. We regularly provide support to organizations on how to prevent, identify and tackle all forms of harassment in the workplace, including sexual harassment, discrimination, racism, bullying and micro-aggressions.

All parents did, however, know that this was for a limited period only, and although many parents seemed to be challenged to get work done (productively) while taking care of their families, we managed to carry through. We ended up partially enjoying the extra family togetherness that was the blessing of the situation, while at the same time we secretly were looking forward to the day when we didn't have to split our existence into two anymore. We battled with being caring parents and conscientious professionals at the same time.

When Danish schools and kindergartens re-opened last week, the worst dual-role challenges disappeared instantly – now the kids go to school and kindergarten again, and the contract between working parents and the community is back in place: We hand over our beloved children to loving and caring hands as we work and deliver what we get our wages for and pay our taxes off. Or, you would think so.

The impact of workplace harassment?

All parents did, however, know that this was for a limited period only, and although many parents seemed to be challenged to get work done (productively) while taking care of their families, we managed to carry through. We ended up partially enjoying the extra family togetherness that was the blessing of the situation, while at the same time we secretly were looking forward to the day when we didn't have to split our existence into two anymore. We battled with being caring parents and conscientious professionals at the same time.

When Danish schools and kindergartens re-opened last week, the worst dual-role challenges disappeared instantly – now the kids go to school and kindergarten again, and the contract between working parents and the community is back in place: We hand over our beloved children to loving and caring hands as we work and deliver what we get our wages for and pay our taxes off. Or, you would think so.

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See how we tackled Workplace Harassment issues at Mastercard.

How to create a safe and inclusive work environment

Creating safe and inclusive workplaces is a complex process that requires senior leadership commitment, accessible and easy to understand rules, norms and reporting mechanisms, regular surveys, and building skills and confidence in managers and employees to recognize, interrupt, prevent and tackle workplace harassment in the long run.


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