Despite vastly varying laws for women overseas, just five per cent of the employees surveyed said they’d received gender-specific safety training from their employer.
Pearson said the smallest gestures like making eye contact, wearing bright lipstick, or even carrying a copy of Cosmopolitan magazine could put women at risk in certain territories.
The survey also revealed almost a third (31 per cent) of women felt their employer didn’t take adequate care of them while they were away on business.
Earlier this month, US software exec Henri Morris was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he admitted drugging, assaulting, and photographing a female co-worker while on a business trip.
In total, eight female employees claimed to have been abused by married Morris but other charges were dropped when the 67-year-old changed his plea to guilty.
“As women we are more likely to suffer from sex-related incidents than men,” says Pearson. “We’re generally not as strong as men and therefore are more vulnerable when travelling on business.”
Pearson warned that this could cause a talent problem as some women won’t apply for a job if they’re not comfortable travelling.
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