Black Author/ Activist Elevates The #Metoo Movement — Establishes new rules for how men should interact with women in the workplace
To ease workplace tension, businesses should adopt universal guidelines for how men interact with women in the workplace.
NATIONWIDE (BlackNews.com) — While the conversation surrounding the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace escalates from whispered water cooler talk to a raucous shout, men are becoming fearful of working alongside women in the workplace. This trepidation translates into workplace tension that reduces productivity for businesses as men lose their focus around women.
“I can’t have conversations with women, can’t touch them, can’t open doors for them and have to fear them because they can ruin my career or my life any time they want. I don’t know what to do. It leaves me depressed,” wrote Stephen L., an Executive at Government Office.
“This undeniable shift in gender power may be irreversible, but there is no glory for women who reign in power gained by fear,” explained Te-Erika Patterson, the creator of The New Rules for Engaging Women at Work. “When men fear women we cannot collaborate in business and experience growth that demonstrates our true potential. We have to work on easing the tension in the workplace so that women feel safe at work and men are relieved of their fears of women.”
Patterson suggests that all businesses formally establish standards for men’s interactions with women in the workplace by embracing The New Rules for Engaging Women at Work.
The New Rules for Engaging Women at Work are guidelines that outline acceptable and unacceptable behaviors towards women in the workplace. Patterson created The New Rules to ease tension between the sexes and create workplace harmony that fosters business and
The New Rules offers firm guidelines for men who are unsure about how to navigate workplace issues such as interacting with women they feel attracted to, interacting with female leaders and offering performance reviews. The New Rules also offers guidelines for acceptable ways to flirt with women in the workplace.