Five Lessons Companies Should Learn From Uber About Sexual Harassment

Today the bull’s-eye falls on Uber and Silicon Valley but tomorrow it may be your industry or company.

It’s 2017 and Fortune 500 companies are still dealing with the issues of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. While recent high-profile lawsuits are still in the news Qualcomm, KPMG, Microsoft – enter Uber with new headlines of sexual harassment and an unrestrained work culture.

Here are five valuable lessons companies can learn from the Uber allegations and the unprecedented way it has played out.

CEO completely unaware

1) Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, has come out and announced the hiring an outside third-party firm to look into the issue. Of larger concern are the front-page headlines that he had no clue what was going on in his own organization. While CEOs cannot be expected to know all the minutia of day-to-day operations, it is incumbent on them to ask the right questions and hold people accountable. This clearly was not happening.

  • The lesson, CEOs must demand to see and own accountability for the creation and implementation of a women’s leadership strategy. A key point in all of this is to have an active robust women’s leadership resource group and use group as a sounding board for employee concerns and issues.
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