How Toxic Masculinity Continues to Ruin Work for Women

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Awareness

Being aware of the issue, the person or people generating the toxicity and a willingness to see the trouble at hand. Putting blinders on or chalking it up to “old boys club” behavior just won’t work.

Auditing

Audit the company face to face or even virtually, but try to get a sense of what the culture is for real, not just a few anecdotes. Surveying, interviews, and other tools will help gauge the culture.

Assessment

Taking an in-depth assessment of where you are and where you can go as a company is important. Review behavior, talk about best practices, put methods and new elements in place. It’s an ongoing thing.

Action

Taking action where needed is probably the most important step. Any of the other items are useless without this. Acting on issues, communicating expectations, taking needed steps — all are essential to creating a non-toxic culture.

Susan is a runner, a mom of 3 grown children, and an avid traveler. She writes about humans, and wrote a book about false accusations of sexual assault.

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