Employees in 22 Countries Attest to Physical Assault and Sexual Harrassment in the Workplace

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Toronto, ON - One in 10 employees surveyed in 22 countries around the world indicate that they’ve been intentionally physically assaulted out of anger on the job by a co-worker or manager during a workday (7%) while another one in ten (9%) say they’ve been harassed on the job for sex by a senior person simply because they work for them and not because they want a true relationship.

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This @dvisory report contains data from the tenth wave of the Ipsos Global @dvisor Omnibus, a monthly online survey of citizen-consumers across 24 countries. For this survey, an international sample of employed adults in 22 countries aged 18-64 in the U.S. and Canada, and aged 16-64 in all other countries, were interviewed. Unweighted base of employed adults 11,940: Argentina 327, Australia 576, Belgium 285, Brazil 676, Canada 699, China 860, France 602, Germany, 718, Great Britain 658, Hungary 487, India 904, Italy 622, Japan 643, Mexico 382, Poland 333, Russia 451, Saudi Arabia 304, South Africa 446, South Korea 358, Spain 608, Sweden 340 and the United States 661. Weighted base of employed adults 7,336: Argentina 302, Australia 304, Belgium 291, Brazil 338, Canada 344, China 406, France 314, Germany 359, Great Britain 333, Hungary 238, India 422, Italy 317, Japan 318, Mexico 327, Poland 326, Russia 443, Saudi Arabia 229, South Africa 395, South Korea 351, Spain 306, Sweden and the United States 331. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of 1000 and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of ±3.1 percentage points 19 times out of 20 per country of what the results would have been had the entire population of adults in that country been polled.

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Employees in 22 Countries Attest to Physical Assault and Sexual Harrassment in the Workplace

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