Issues in workplace dating

This means we need investigations that use the same methodology across multiple fields.

Whenever the media talks about this – see eg the Washington Post’s The Industries With The Worst Sexual Harassment Problem – they’re working off of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s records.

Respondents were given a “prefer not to answer” option in case the questions made them upset; in order to make people entirely comfortable using the option, they were asked to select it automatically if the last digit of the time was a “1”.

This made it impossible to investigate the restaurant and retail industries that previous research suggests have the most problems.

But there were still enough responses to get a wide cross-section of white-collar occupations and academic fields. Have you ever been sexually harassed or assaulted at work? Have you ever been sexually harassed or assaulted outside of work? Have you ever made unwanted sexual advances to someone at work that you think they interpreted as sexual harassment or assault? Have you ever made unwanted sexual advances to someone outside of work that you think they interpreted as sexual harassment or assault?

work-related events, and whether they include witnessing someone else’s harassment.

Taking these surveys entirely seriously would lead to the conclusion that Uber has the lowest sexual harassment rate of any company or industry in the world; I choose not to take them seriously.

This suggests that most of the differences observed here are differences related to the people in a field, rather than to any sort of field culture.

Given how strong this effect is, it’s unclear whether it’s possible to adjust for it and get a measure of field culture.

I interpret existing data in this area as being basically useless, but at least suggestive that the media focus on a few prestigious industries is mistargeted. The Slate Star Codex survey is an online poll of readers of this blog about various aspects of their life and personality. The survey asked a set of questions on sexual harassment, providing a unique dataset with which to investigate the question.

Due to the blog’s tech focus, readers skew well-off, male, and STEM-focused.

There’s a discussion involving pre-registered categories below.

Made by taking each of the three previous graphs, standardizing each field to percent of the worst field in that category, and then adding them up and dividing by three to get an average for each field But this combines three different things. Second, a measure of how willing people are to report harassment.

” gets numbers closer to 85%, depending on what the behaviors are.

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