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These are the most ‘inappropriate’ things people say they’ve seen or done at work

We may be in the throes of the post-Weinstein era, but while research has found that Americans have many different definitions of what’s considered sexual harassment at work, even newer findings from a recent NPR/Ipsos poll reveals the inappropriate things that people say they’ve witnessed or admitted to doing on the job.

For example, while 93% of respondents think “deliberate touching, leaning or cornering” is considered “inappropriate” behavior, 35% say they’ve witnessed “deliberate touching, leaning or cornering,” and 5% admitted to doing it themselves.

Here are some of the findings that stood out.

Bad behavior people have seen or taken part in at work

In the survey of 1,130 adults in the U.S., 39% said they have witnessed someone “spreading rumors about coworker’s sex life” and 6% said they had done so themselves. But while 97% of people think it’s “inappropriate” to do so, 3% surprisingly either think “it depends” on the situation or that it’s totally “appropriate.”

A whopping 55% say they’ve seen someone “telling sexual stories or jokes,” 15% say they’ve done this themselves, and 91% of people think it’s “inappropriate.” A combined 9% of respondents have either said “it depends” or that it’s “appropriate.”

While 48% of respondents say they’ve witnessed a coworker “standing close and brushing up against coworker” and 11% admitted to doing it themselves, a shocking 21% deemed such behavior “appropriate” or OK depending on the situation.

Over half of respondents (58%) have witnessed someone calling a female colleague a “girl, babe, sweetie, etc.,” 12% have done so themselves and just 83% think it’s “inappropriate.”

70% of millennial men: Calling female coworkers ‘girl,’ ‘babe,’ ‘sweetie,’ ‘honey’ not inappropriate

The research found that just 30% of men ages 18-34 think that “referring to an adult female coworker as girl, babe, sweetie, or honey” is classified as “always inappropriate,” compared to 51% of them ages 35-54 and 55% ages 55 and up.

When it comes to how women feel about this behavior, 54% ages 18-34, 57% ages 35-54 and 69% ages 55 and up felt the same way.

The findings also showed that just 51% of men ages 18-34 think it’s “always inappropriate” to have a conversation “about someone’s sexual preferences or history at work,” compared to 74% of men ages 35-54 and 77% ages 55 and up.

Conversely, 72% of women 18-34 think it’s “always inappropriate” to do this, 83% of women ages 35-54 and 88+ of them ages 55 and up agree.

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