...By Henry George for TDPel Media.
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has called on UK businesses to limit the amount of alcohol served at work social events to prevent harassment and inappropriate behaviour towards colleagues.
A recent poll by the CMI found that 29% of managers had seen harassment or inappropriate behaviour at work parties, with women 26% more likely than men to have witnessed such incidents.
The CMI’s survey questioned over 1,000 managers.
The CMI has recommended that work parties should focus on activities that do not involve alcohol.
Additional steps could include limiting the amount of drinks per person and ensuring that those drinking excessively are prevented from acting inappropriately.
Impact on the CBI: The warning follows allegations of misconduct and rape at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in recent years.
The CBI’s 2019 work party on a boat on the Thames resulted in one allegation of rape, while another woman later claimed that she had been raped by two male colleagues while working for the organisation.
In April, London police launched an investigation into allegations of misconduct by CBI managers made by a dozen women.
The CMI’s call for reduced alcohol consumption at work events reflects a growing concern about harassment and inappropriate behaviour towards colleagues.
By limiting the amount of alcohol served, companies may be able to prevent misconduct and create a safer and more respectful workplace environment.
The CMI’s poll results suggest that incidents of harassment and inappropriate behaviour are relatively common, with almost a third of managers having witnessed such behaviour.
This is a worrying trend that underscores the importance of taking steps to prevent such incidents from occurring.
The CBI’s experiences demonstrate the seriousness of this issue and serve as a reminder that even professional settings are not immune from harassment and misconduct.
By taking the CMI’s recommendations to heart and creating work environments that are safe and respectful, businesses can help to ensure that their employees are able to perform to the best of their abilities.