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Management article
Reference no. F1905A
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Harvard Business Publishing (2019)
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in "Harvard Business Review - Forethought"
6 pages


Many people thought the #MeToo movement would have a deterrent effect. A group of researchers weren't so sure. In early 2018 they began a survey to determine whether their fears of fallout were justified. Indeed, both men and women predicted that men would be more reluctant now to engage with women at work in certain ways, such as meeting one-on-one or going for after-work drinks, even though such activities can be crucial for advancement. People of both genders also said they would be more reluctant to hire attractive women and to hire women for jobs that require close interpersonal interactions with men (for example, traveling). And a follow-up survey found that the backlash was even bigger than respondents had anticipated. The study shows that traditional sexual harassment training has little effect; instead, the researchers say, companies should educate employees about sexism and character.


Diversity; Employee training; Ethics; Gender discrimination; Interpersonal relations; Sexual harassment; Women in business; Work force management

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