ACAS has published new research, to investigate the effect of the #MeToo movement on workplace culture. Despite, the widespread media coverage surrounding the #MeToo movement, only 1 in 4 respondents had seen an improvement and only 38% of workers were “very likely” to report personal experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace. Whilst, over half of respondents believe their employers are doing the right amount to reduce sexual harassment, this still leaves nearly 50% feeling that they don’t. Many believe that more could be done in the form of training staff, to change work culture.
ACAS has encouraged businesses to create a “safe and welcoming” environment so behaviour associated with sexual harassment “never sees the light of day” and also to encourage staff to have the confidence to report it.