A new poll from The Associated Press and Morning Consult shows that people who use “pester” are more likely to say that they would be offended if a colleague used it, a negative experience that’s not often seen in the job field.
The poll also shows that there’s a lot of room for improvement when it comes to workplace harassment, with the most common responses to being “not offended,” “not really sure,” or “not that bothered” among those surveyed.
While many employers have been using “pest control” in their workplace for years, the survey results suggest that “pests” may be gaining traction, even among workers who would prefer to not be touched or pested.
“I’m sure that there will be more and more employers using this term as they do not see a problem,” said the AP pollster Brian Murphy.
“The question is, how many people will feel comfortable using this phrase?”
The AP survey asked 1,000 people a variety of questions on workplace harassment from harassment to the nature of the behavior and what they thought about it.
The questions are weighted based on the number of responses and the overall prevalence of workplace harassment.
The survey found that 42% of people said they would “not feel comfortable” using “pet control” at work, while 38% said they were “not sure” if they would use the term.
A third said they didn’t know if they’d use the word.
The AP poll also found that 39% of employees said they have a “high degree of concern” about the workplace environment.
Forty-three percent of people who responded said they had “a high degree of dislike” for the environment.
“We don’t want to say it’s an epidemic,” Murphy said.
“What we do want to do is find out what’s going on and how to make it better.
If you are going to be a problem in your workplace, it is important that you know that you will not be tolerated.”
The poll, which has been running since June, found that while 40% of workers said they’d feel uncomfortable being treated with a “piercing or burning sensation,” only 15% of those who responded felt that way toward coworkers.