According to a 2018 SSH study, 38% of women in the United States have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work. It found that the workplace was the third most frequent lifetime location for sexual harassment among those polled after public spaces and private homes/residences.
Aside from the psychological damage harassment causes to victims, businesses suffer too. Many studies have found that the experience drives women to leave their jobs, taking their ideas, connections, and potential with them. This leads to a costly need to hire and train new employees. There is also evidence that it can hurt the cohesion and functioning of teams. Companies stand to lose valuable employees if they don’t work to eliminate sexual harassment.