Almost 87 percent 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 percent globally, as per a new LinkedIn report.
The LinkedIn "Global Talent Trends 2019" report looked at four key trends impacting the future of HR and the recruiting industry, both globally and in India: Soft Skills, Work Flexibility, Anti-Harassment and Pay Transparency.
In India, 50 percent of hiring professionals said that companies now talk about their harassment policies as part of their pitch to potential hires. This is nearly double the global average of 29 percent.
The report noted, “Anti-harassment is an especially hot-button issue in India.”
Over 5,000 talent professionals in 35 countries, including more than 400 professionals in India, were surveyed for the purpose of the report.
While 75 percent of those surveyed globally noticed some change in workplace dynamics/culture over the last two years, 92 percent in India said that their company has implemented some sort of harassment prevention action or tactic in the last 12 months or is planning to. This is again higher than the global average of 80 percent.
Interestingly, there has been an over 71 percent (year-on-year) increase in workplace harassment content shared on LinkedIn.
The report notes that employees are starting to feel more empowered to stand up against harassment - not just by calling for change, but by changing their own workplace behavior. Given that the #MeToo movement was a big draw in India as well last year, it is hearty to note that professionals demand better anti-harassment laws at the workplace, forcing organizations also to pay greater heed to the matter.