People who were sexually harassed often feel left alone with their problem. Most of the time they don't want any trouble, neither for themselves nor for the organization, and usually not even for the person who harassed them. Usually, only later does it turn out that the victim was not the only one and there were more people affected.
Sexual harassment may have a variety of impacts on those affected, including severe psychological stress, feelings of guilt or fear of coming to work.
The organization’s working atmosphere may be severely damaged in case or cases of sexual harassment. This may lead to lack of motivation or productivity among the staff in the long run, as well as increased absenteeism, long-term medical leaves, termination and high staff turnover.
All the more reason for managers to be attentive and actively combat potential sexual harassment. A poor work atmosphere always leads to the loss of qualified employees in the long run and is hard to quantify in its overall extent. Cases of sexual harassment may bring the whole organization into disrepute. One more reason to stand firmly against it.