Mentoring is critical Sexual harassment in the workplace is a huge concern, and many bosses have been prompted to take steps to rectify their policies by the #MeToo movement. This is a step forward, and it is also right that senior managers take an introspective look at the ways in which they may have been part of the problem in the past. However, simply taking a step back and refusing to interact professionally with women is clearly not the right response. Mentorship is crucial to success in the workplace ? people with mentors to show them how things are done and offer friendly guidance are more likely to be promoted. Women are 24 per cent less likely than men to get advice from senior leaders, and this is especially true for women of colour. This puts women at a disadvantage. #MentorHer In response to these findings, LeanIn.Org launched a campaign calling on men to commit to mentoring women. Sheryl Sandberg, founder of LeanIn.Org and COO at Facebook, had this to say of the campaign: ?It urges men to step up and use their power to support women, with research-backed information for why mentorship matters and tips for how to be an effective mentor to women. ?People with mentors are more likely to get promotions ? yet women are less likely than men to be mentored, and women of colour get the least support of all. If we?re going to change the power imbalance that enables so much sexual harassment in the first place, we need to ensure women get more mentorship and sponsorship, not less. “That?s how we get the stretch assignments that lead to promotions. That?s how we build the networks that put us on the path to exciting opportunities. That?s how we get the respect ? and recognition ? we deserve.?
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