- Attracting and retaining tradeswomen to the industry
- Perceptions of unwelcoming workplaces is identified as a reason why women do not enter our industry
- Harassment, bullying and discrimination against tradeswomen is identified as a reason why they leave our industry
- Understanding the causes of harassment, bullying and discrimination against tradeswomen
- Creating a workplace culture that respects all workers as individuals, including tradeswomen
Cultural stereotypes about gender are linked to harassment:
- We consciously and unconsciously absorb our cultural stereotypes and this affects our behaviour.
- Harassment is linked to prejudice and stereotypes about "outsider" groups in general.
- Sexual harassment is linked to prejudice and gender stereotypes.
- Because of stereotyped views that women are the "weaker sex" not capable of technical or trades work, men who have stereotyped views may have difficulty accepting tradeswomen as equals.
- In addition, the stereotype that women are flattered by sexual innuendo at work or that men must be sexually aggressive and women compliant, may also contribute to sexual harassment.
6 WAYS ORGANIZATIONS CAN SUPPORT WORKPLACE RESPECT:
- Commit resources to developing effective policies.
- Assign responsibility for implementation.
- Tie performance reviews to implementation goals.
- Provide training to all levels in the organization.
- Re-enforce the message in all hiring and promotion procedures.
- Repeat the message frequently through tool box talks, newsletters and events.
OUR NEXT INSTALLMENT: Celebrating Canadian women in tradeswork on Canada's 150th anniversary
Previous installment: What can you do to encourage respect in your workplace?
- Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion. Understanding Hidden Bias. 2014. Webinar.
- Construction Owner's Association of Alberta. Respect in the Workplace Program. 2011.
- Construction Sector Council. The State
This project has been funded by Status of Women Canada.