How do we break the cycle of sexual harassment and bullying? Strength in numbers, that's how.
Following the advocacy work I have undertaken for victims of sexual harassment and bullying in the New Zealand legal profession over the past year I am so proud to join the team at Vault.
Vault is a blockchain powered reporting platform for sexual harassment, bullying and other types of misconduct in the workplace that is based in the UK and is expanding to other countries including the US, Australia and New Zealand. The Founders of Vault reached out to me after seeing the extensive media coverage in New Zealand on these issues and my posts on LinkedIn campaigning for the introduction of reporting tools that enable people to come forward in groups.
As a result of running my #metoo blog, I've been contacted by hundreds of women and men in the legal profession who have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment and bulling. What I've learnt is that the vast majority of perpetrators harass or bully multiple people and those who experience harassment and bullying often don't know that other people have been, or are currently in, the same situation. For a range of reasons people are also afraid of reporting a perpetrator by themselves.
I think Vault is incredible because it enables people to report in groups. This is very different to any kind of reporting system that is available in New Zealand and I truly believe it will be a game changer for both employees and employers. Employees will feel more confident coming forward because it will not just be their word against the perpetrator's, and employers will have timestamped evidence from multiple people to use in investigations before deciding whether to take disciplinary action. The platform can also be used by professional bodies which oversee entire professions and are responsible for investigating reports of misconduct.
In a nutshell, any employee of a company or organisation signed up to Vault will be able to create their own time-stamped record detailing what happened and can also upload evidence like emails and txts. The person then identifies the perpetrator and selects the go-together option. What this means is that their report will not be sent to their employer's HR team unless another person creates a record and identifies the same perpetrator. When a match occurs, both records are sent off together and both people are notified that another person has reported the same perpetrator. As more people add their records over the following weeks, months or years and match, these are sent off automatically and again each person is notified.
If you'd like to learn more about Vault please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm more than happy to answer any questions you have and can meet in person to provide a demo of how Vault works from the perspective of both employees and employers.