4 in 10 employees do not mind a colleague flirting with them: Codes of conduct at work after #MeToo

Tempo-Team has conducted a survey in 2018 with 2,050 workers and employers. The survey confirmed that almost half of all Belgian companies have set up a code of conduct.

According to the Tempo-Team, “since the #MeToo campaign, twice as many companies are re-framing ‘out of place’ behavior at work”.

A similar survey in 2016 showed that only one fourth of companies had a code of conduct which would determine what tolerable behavior in the workplace means.

According to the survey results, four out of ten companies are taking measures today in order to “define more clearly the limits of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment”.

However, there is still a lot of room for improvement as one out of two workers does not really know whether his/her company allows closer relationships between colleagues.


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About 4 in 10 employees stated that they do not mind a colleague flirting with them, and 1 in 4 admit to having already flirted with a colleague.

On the other hand, the percentage of those who categorically refuse this type of rapport at work has increased from 37% in 2016 to 45% in 2018.