With the stories of high profile men losing their jobs and careers because of sexual harassment, many men are starting to keep their distance from women colleagues. All to avoid the possibility of being accused of inappropriate behavior.
We want to shed some light on this fear that some men are having about being alone with female co-workers.
Now a days, everyone has to be consciousness about their behavior and the perception of their behavior. Being cautious is always a good idea. But, being paranoid will wreck havoc on professional relationships. You can pass up on talented and skilled women because of fears. Fear in general stops people from progressing in life.
Realize that there are millions of professional men who aren’t accused of sexual harassment. So there’s seemingly only a fraction of men who are accused. Nonetheless, it's important that you recognize the impact of your behaviors on others.
Watch for body language signs of discomfort. There's a misconception about laughter. Laughter doesn't always mean that someone agrees with what you're saying or doing. Some people laugh out of embarrassment, uneasiness or discomfort. The rule of thumb, if you question the impact of how what you’re saying or what you’re doing then don’t do it.
Blanca Cobb is a WFMY News 2 Contributing Editor, body language expert and keynote speaker/corporate trainer who covers nonverbal communication, psychology and behavior. Follow her @blancacobb. The opinions expressed in this article are exclusively hers.