Real Business When office banter backfires

21% of employees in the UK find their workplace environment is dominated by a masculine culture that makes it harder for women to professionally and socially progress.

“It’s just bants, relax.” Even in this day and age where being ‘woke’ is the new norm, lad banter and office humour is still a dividing factor in most corporate environments.

What is seen as normal workplace bonding can actually make women and minorities feel alienated in an environment where they are expected to feel and behave authentically. But how do you feel authentic and connect with your colleagues if they exclude you on the basis of your gender or ethnic background?

Ironically, more men than women believe that toxic masculinity in the workplace is a major barrier for women to professionally progress, according to new research from Equality Group.