We think that the “broken windows” and workplace sexual harassment discussion is important and are actively seeking comments to publish from professionals in any related fields as to their assessment and point of view.
Below is another comment from a reader in Australia, Bernie Althofer AFAIM, who notes that for the theory to work a zero tolerance policy must be adopted. We agree, but go further — a zero tolerance policy is essential.
“There is no reason why it would not work. I think that the issue is that some organisations do not take into consideration other models that can be used. For example, whilst the ‘Broken Window Theory’ might been seen as a crime prevention model, it can be applied in areas such as occupational violence, workplace bullying and sexual harassment.
The secret though to good policy implementation is ensuring that the workplace culture also changes to adopt a zero tolerance approach.”