The percentage of Canadians who have witnessed or experienced harassment in the workplace has noticeably declined in the last two years, according to a Leger Marketing poll commissioned by Queen’s School of Business.
According to the 2014 study, which mirrors a similar poll in 2012, 23% of Canadians say they have personally experienced workplace harassment in their own life, down from 28% in 2012.
Similarly, the percentage of Canadians who say they have witnessed workplace harassment has dropped to 25%, down from 33% in 2012. Four percent of Canadians report that they are currently experiencing workplace harassment, or have in the last year, which is virtually unchanged from 2012.
The study also reveals that, while more men say they have witnessed workplace harassment than women 30% versus 20%, the opposite is the case when it comes to personally experiencing it in their own work life. Roughly one in three females 31% has or is currently experiencing workplace harassment, versus 22% of males.