My Co-worker Masturbates and HR Doesn’t Give a Crap
Slate Magazine’s advice column had an interesting inquiry today. “Nauseated” wrote in about a co-worker and how lately h/she has been hearing and seeing him participate in “solo activities usually done in the bedroom.” After “Nauseated” figured out for sure what the co-worker was doing was actually, masturbating, they went straight to human resources. The manager told “Nauseated”:
“She has only my word about this, I should go find her when he does it again so she can know for herself. The problem is, she is never around when it happens. He stops if I get up to go out the door and starts when I sit down again. I feel violated, abused, and totally grossed out. What should I do?”
Slate magazine’s advice to “Nauseated” was to escalate the issue up the HR chain of command, since a company’s HR department’s legal obligation is to investigate. In the worst case, they recommend a dire course of action outside of the company.
Never in all my years of working, have I ever experienced anything remotely close to a hand happy co-worker releasing at work and reading that article grossed me out. My first reaction would probably be to call them out. You know, ask if he’s enjoying himself while in the act? But then again, I would not even want to talk to him. Man, this is so digusting.
What would you do?