One Simple (Research-Based) Trick to Reduce Sexual Harassment?

“In our experiment, 618 online study participants in the US read a brief statement from a fictional company about the results of a sexual harassment survey taken by its employees. For some participants, the statement included a quote from the CEO emphasizing the severity of the problem, such as: ‘The results of the survey are alarming.’ Others read a CEO quote downplaying the issue, such as: ‘We are skeptical that the survey represents an accurate rate of sexual harassment at Soldola.’ The factual information about the survey was the same for all participants.”

Read Leader Messaging and Attitudes toward Sexual Violence in Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World.

About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Dr. Butina, who hosts the Department 12 Podcast, is an industrial-organizational psychologist with interests in training, leadership development, talent management, and positive psychology in the workplace.

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