Top 5 causes of Sexual Harassment Complaints


Yaswant & Pretum Das
1. Power Differential The top cause of sexual harassment complaints stems from the power dynamics at work. Many cases involve senior-level officers abusing their power to sexually harass and intimidate others. Victims are often coerced into sexual acts because they are offered professional favors or fear to lose their job if they refuse their superiors. Creating a culture of equality will help eliminate the fear of retaliation. 2. A Culture that Implies Acceptance In a relaxed work environment, there’s often a wink-wink, nod-nodoffice culture that’s accepting of an employee’s quirky yet inappropriate behavior. Although some people may be comfortable in that environment, saying things like “Oh that’s just how he is,” others may be offended and feel uncomfortable which leads to sexual harassment complaints. All employees need to be held accountable for following the established code of conduct. 3. Not Understanding Harassment Some employees don’t fully comprehend what counts as sexual harassment at their office. They might not realize that greeting a colleague with a kiss on the cheek or complimenting their appearance is grounds for a sexual harassment complaint. On the other hand, complaints also stem from employees who think they’re being harassed but technically are not according to company policies. By clearly defining sexual harassment, organizations can avoid these sticky situations. 4. Poorly Managed Policies and Procedures Employee handbooks contain legal jargon in order to remain compliant with the law, which can be hard for employees to fully understand. They also tend to be reviewed only once, during new hire orientation. When policies and procedures aren’t expressed clearly and spoken about frequently, the rules are more likely to be broken. Organizations need to have policies in place that explain proper behavior, have zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior, and contain a written code of conduct. Continually reinforcing company policies and educating employees will prevent a hostile work environment. 5. Excessive Stress When under a lot of stress, an employee is likely to express their emotions towards others. Verbal abuse, physical altercations, and other stress-releasing actions create harassment situations in the heat of the moment. By creating a stress-free work environment and teaching employees how to cope with stress, employees will be less likely to act out against their colleagues irrationally. Sexual harassment can be an awkward topic to discuss in the workplace. Most offices only conduct sexual harassment training once a year and it tends to be dull and forgettable. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By creating a culture of accountability and awareness in your office through improved sexual harassment training, complaints will occur less frequently.
Sakina Dhirani Is A Role Model For Youth
Naeem Kandwal
A positive role model inspires children to live meaningful lives. Role models show young people how to live with integrity, optimism, hope, determination, and compassion. They play an essential part in a child’s positive development. It would not be wrong to say that a positive role model is a true nation builder. My story is about Sakina Dhirani who is a role model for our young generation. She is Tanzanian nationality holder but living in Karachi. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology Education. She is a multi-talented woman. She is not only a certified Counselor and business consultant but also a social worker. She is a Certified NLP Emotional Intelligence trainer, Master Anxiety, Fear & Emotions. When I asked about her work and achievements, she said: With close to 7 years of counselling experience with the Family relations Committee (FRC) and various NGO’s and Not for Profits, my only purpose of life is serving humanity. After two kids and a husband who has survived Cancer is what motivates me to keep doing what I do every single day. Planning helps to stay focused and to keep your perspective. Keep your perspective on your purpose and your future. Planning is vitally important to success. When I asked Sakina about her future, she said: “Alhamdulillah, I am a good planner, and it has always been my plan to follow. ‘To Serve Mankind is to Worship Allah’. My goal of life is to serve humanity and work for humanity.” Like a wise man once said “Failing to plan is like planning to fail” Sakina Dhirani is undoubtedly a role model for youth. When I asked what message, you would like to give to our youth, she said: “Raise your head high and leave all the fear of mind behind. Never step back when the storm comes, instead face it with the full courage. Believe you always then nothing seems impossible. Feel your soul and focused on your goal; avoid the temptation on road and don’t see anything except your aim. Enjoy the life by making our dream true and be happy in your life.” Sakina Dhirani is highly inspired woman. She is a great example of women empowerment. She has proved that women can do everything. She is a multi-talented woman. She is a role model not only for professionals but also for youth.