Poll: 58% Of Women Say “It’s Not Okay” For Their Male Colleagues To Hug Them

Workplace harassment can emerge in the form of seemingly common situations. Is your co-worker getting too close, or is it just you?

Well, we’ve interviewed an expert on what constitutes workplace harassment, so now we’ve asked our readers for their input.

Last week, we took to Instagram to ask our readers if they’re “okay” or “not okay” with certain seemingly common workplace situations. Here’s what they had to say:

1. “Ladies, is it okay for your male colleague to hug you?”

Physical hugs can be subjective at the workplace, but we must always know our professional boundaries. In this case, 58% of respondents are not okay with hugs from male colleagues, while 42% are okay with it.

2. “Is it okay for your superior to yell at you?”

Superiors or managers are humans too, so they may lose their cool sometimes, but how they control their temper matters in a professional setting. In this case, 91% of respondents are NOT OKAY if their superiors should yell at them, whether in public or private.

3. “Is it okay if your colleague has obscene pics at his/ her desk?”

Some of us may have the luxury of a private office but that does not justify putting obscene pics of body parts anywhere on the office, even if it does not disturb anyone. It’s still harassment in the form of visuals. 91% of respondents are not okay with this.

4. “Is it okay if your colleague tries to flirt with you?”

70% of respondents are not okay with their colleagues flirting with them. Flirting can be a form of verbal or non-verbal harassment in the workplace.

5. “Is it okay if your colleague/ superior repeatedly calls and texts you after working hours? Even if it’s not about work?

If you receive these calls and texts from your superior or colleagues after working hours, it can really disrupt your personal life and is considered workplace harassment in the form of psychological disturbances. 94% of respondents are NOT OKAY with this.

Basically, if it makes you uncomfortable, it’s harassment already. If you’re still unsure, here’s how you can identify workplace harassment and what to do about it.

*This article is written in support of the “It’s Not OK” initiative by LeadWomen