Bosses Should Protect Staff from Internal Stalking in Dorset
1:44pm 24th April 2014
A Dorset group for women says managers need to "support staff" who're being stalked by male colleagues at work.
It's National Stalking in the Workplace Awareness Day (Thursday 24th April) and research suggests 50% of cases reported come from our jobs.
Stalking involves persistent and unwanted contact from colleagues via phone, email and text, and pressure to socialise with each other outside of work hours.
Toni McKee from the Women's Action Network Dorset (WAND) says the way women are often spoken to at work by their male counterparts is part of the problem too;
"There's this underlying hint that it doesn't matter how men speak to women at work, with throw away comments, I mean it could be an age related thing but sometimes it does make you wonder if it's just men not being very thoughtful towards women."
Toni added women shouldn't be made to feel like they can't report stalking and harassment issues to their managers;
"I would draw attention to the issue but obviously it depends on the circumstances. It is quite tricky if it's your boss especially if there is a vulnerability of your post. There should be some form of communication structure for you to complain."