Developing a framework of effective prevention and response strategies in workplace sexual harassment

McDonald, Paula , Charlesworth, Sara, & Graham, Tina (2015) Developing a framework of effective prevention and response strategies in workplace sexual harassment. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 53(1), pp. 41-58.

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Abstract

Sexual harassment remains a widespread workplace phenomenon, despite laws that proscribe it. Drawing initially on a typology from the violence prevention literature that conceptualizes prevention and response approaches according to when they occur, the paper synthesizes strategies identified in literature addressing workplace sexual harassment, as well as other workplace injustices or grievances. The paper utilizes this previous research to develop a framework of sexual harassment prevention strategies along two dimensions: functions and timing. The framework offers a research-informed set of organization-wide preventative and remedial approaches, a systemic approach to what is often seen as an individual problem, and a means to better focus interventions that are often disparate and unco-ordinated. The paper also highlights important areas for future research including a stronger focus on longer-term (tertiary) corrective actions.

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ID Code: 72160
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Employee Voice, Prevention Strategies, Sexual Harassment, Training, Workplace Injustice
DOI: 10.1111/1744-7941.12046
ISSN: 1038-4111
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 27 May 2014 05:55
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2015 02:52

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