Throughout the final months of 2017, a dialogue has intensified in America about sexual assault, abuse, and harassment. As countless famous men have been accused of misconduct following Harvey Weinstein's very public Hollywood outing, the average person may naturally wonder how this conversation extends to their own life, and their own workplace. Certain inappropriate, unwanted behaviors make for a toxic work environment and in a time when sexual misconduct runs rampant, it's important to know when your actions cross the line and are harmful, not harmless. For many, being treated differently and inappropriately by coworkers and superiors is, unfortunately, all too common - do you still encounter totally out of line harassment in your office?
On the national level, brave victims have been willing to step forward and shine a light upon the wide-ranging scope of abuse across every industry, and "The Silence Breakers" were even named Time magazine's 2017 Person of the Year. Because of them, people are finally starting to discuss this important topic and push for change. The acts that we’ve read about in the news are obviously out of line, many even criminal, but some people are genuinely curious to know where the line is drawn between being friendly and making someone truly uncomfortable. There are things that most employees want in their workplaces but harassment is hardly one of them.
A variety of relatively common office actions and situations are collected below. Do you still experience them in your 9-to-5? Which do you most want to stop across the board? Join the conversation by casting your votes and help educate others on what small steps to take to make for a safer world for all.