There is a constant banter of sexual nature in a specific all male project and they are loud, crackingÂ jokes, comments, etc.The women employees in the neighbouring project on the same floor, feel uncomfortable with this.
One of the women share this in confidence with you. After much thought, you have realised that you have no influence over any of them. Would you still report the issue? If yes/no, why?
How would you go about it?
As a person who has no influence over either groups, you may encourage the lady employee to send a mail to the team’s manager, requesting for the issue to be discussed.
Since this is a group of employees against another group of employees, informal methods of conciliation may be opted for.
The following steps may be taken into consideration:
a. Check with the Manager to assess if these allegations are true
b. Call the alleged ‘team’ into a discussion and share the complaint received
c. Hear them out in terms of their arguments
d. Read/Share the ASH policy guidelines
e. Mandate a class room training for them team to sensitise on the issue
f. Post 30-45 days, check with manager on whether there is a change in the behaviour
If no change has been observed, then stricter actions may need to be taken.Â