As we say goodbye to 2017 and it’s many scandals and allegations, men start 2018 off by gazing into the maw of one of last year’s worst monsters to rear its ugly head: Sexual Harassment. Today’s post will cover the many sexual harassment allegations and what exactly that means for men in the workplace. Yes, that includes you.
Since October of 2017, the media has been bombarded with allegations of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and even rape. The targets of these allegations are almost exclusively prominent men in society. From directors to music moguls, and even news reporters, it seems like any man doing well for themselves isn’t safe. However, most if not all things in society have what I like to call a “trickle” effect. Just because these scandals involve high society and the mega-rich doesn’t mean that we little folk won’t be next in line to feel the repercussions of this seemingly endless issue.
Before I continue with the article I am going to go ahead and provide a bit of a disclaimer. I am not here to discuss innocence or guilt and I am not here to say whether or not things like sexual harassment exist. However, I will say that I obviously don’t believe every single accusation is legitimate nor do I believe all of them are false. This article will discuss in detail what will more than likely happen to the work-place and how you can avoid being in hot water in the future.
By now you’re probably wondering, “I get it, sexual harassment is bad but how does a handful of rich men getting touchy and grabby have to do with me? I work as a [insert job title here] for Pete’s sake”. I’m glad you asked stranger because you are in for one hell of a surprise when I tell you what is going to happen at your workplace, possibly in the exact order I list it.
Holiday Parties will be heavily restricted or discontinued entirely: I have never been much of an office party goer but for those of us that love to hang loose with our coworkers and have a drink or two, you might find that your company isn’t really in the celebrating mood anymore. In fact, a few companies have already decided that maybe holiday parties aren’t the best thing to have considering whats happening in the news lately. Others that are still holding festivities have heavily limited the amount of alcohol available to its employees out of fear that their employees will do something they will later regret. Speaking of fear…
Men won’t be walking on eggshells, they will be walking on sharpened glass: In a western society as a whole, men have to watch what they do, say and act around women out of pure fear of somehow being offensive. This will be amplified by 500 percent in the workplace because as of right now women can simply point a finger in your general direction and get you in a large amount of trouble in a short amount of time. Which brings me to my next point.
Men’s Careers Will End…Quickly: So, if you’ve worked your ass off all your life and got that shiny new job title. Congratulations! Unfortunately, you said “Hello” to the new girl in accounting the wrong (normal) way and now you’ve been fired regardless of the fact that you didn’t actually do anything wrong.
In the company’s eyes, it’s better to be overly safe than sorry. Think of it as seeing a spider the size of a watermelon crawling along your ceiling and you proceeding to burn your house down in an attempt to kill it…yep that’s you. Even if your company promises there will be an investigation, chances are there won’t be. At least not one to find out if you did, in fact, do anything wrong.
Unfortunately, when men are accused of a crime of sexual nature the only way they can have their name cleared is if the woman in question says that she lied but even when that is the case, the man who was wrongly defamed almost never returns to their former glory. Just ask the many promising athletes who have lost their scholarships and enrollment privileges. In fact, I have such a big rant on this specific point alone, that it will be an entirely different post.
Gender Segregation: As silly as it may sound, companies may start incorporating spaces specifically designated for men and women respectively. Even if they don’t, male employees themselves will more than likely separate themselves willingly to prevent any false accusations with their names coming across their bosses desk. Of course, who could blame any guy who doesn’t want to lose their jobs for no reason?
In conclusion, these predictions are almost an inevitability. I am almost certain many of you are more than likely experiencing some of these issues now. Make no mistake that this will get much bigger than it already is and you should be prepared to take a mandatory sexual harassment class sometime in the near future if you haven’t already. In the near future, I’ll be discussing ways to foolproof your career from being derailed by the sexual harassment train that will be blowing through your company. In addition, I’ll fill you in on my exact opinion of these allegations and what they really are. Until then stay safe gentlemen and Happy New Year.
Also, I know, I know. I have a ton of questions and comments to respond to. In fact I plan on addressing a few of the questions I’ve gotten from many of you as separate posts. Just give me some time.