A whopping 87 per cent of professionals in India say that harassment prevention at the workplace is a very important trend for the future of hiring and HR compared to 71 per cent globally, a new LinkedIn report said on Thursday.
In India, 50 per cent of hiring professionals said that companies now talk about their harassment policies as part of their pitch to potential hires — nearly double the global average of 29 per cent.
“Anti-harassment is an especially hot-button issue in India,” said the LinkedIn “Global Talent Trends 2019” report that surveyed over 5,000 talent professionals in 35 countries, including more than 400 professionals in India.
While 75 per cent of those surveyed globally noticed some change in workplace dynamics/culture over the last two years, 92 per cent in India said that their company has implemented some harassment prevention action or tactic in the last 12 months or is planning to — which is higher than the global average of 80 per cent.
There has been an over 71 per cent (year-on-year) increase in workplace harassment content shared on LinkedIn.
Employees are starting to feel more empowered to stand up against harassment – not just by calling for change, but by changing their own workplace behaviour, said the Microsoft-owned professional networking platform.
Work flexibility was another important factor in considering a new job.