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Sexual harassment tops civility blog stats

After a civility workshop last fall, a woman asked me to write about sexual harassment in the workplace.

Now seven months later, I’ve completed my annual performance review. I am always interested in reactions and perceptions, any measurements that help me understand audience interest. So what metrics, data did I have for this blog? (Metrics are quantitative measures of performance or production.) As of this writing, number of posts—38, number of comments—46. I asked the extension computer Web log expert if he would generate a statistics report for March. He is the kind of coworker we all want; he pulled reports for all 2007.

Civility blog visits for Jan.-April 2007

Top seven posts
Sept. 19 Guest Post about Sexual Harassment—232
Oct. 12 When did you last receive a hand-written note?—95
Jan. 18 Difficult people……again----88
Feb. 13 Values to love---86
Jan. 30 I want an agenda—78
Feb. 20 Roles and responsibilities—75
Feb. 3 Sticks and stones—74

Many factors would affect these totals---how long up, enticing headline or not, category, internal links to the post, how intriguing a message did I send with the notification of the post, day of week posted, time of day….

I can’t ignore the number of visits to the sexual harassment post. A coworker suggested it might be high because people searched on the word ‘sex’. I checked. The words sex and sexual do not appear in the search phrases or words for this blog. From the stats, I suspect someone cited the post in January.

So the two posts from 2006 that seem to endure are on sexual harassment and on hand-written notes. I’m paying attention. I will write about sexual harassment. I’ll do something on the niceties, the etiquette-type things one can do in the workplace. I welcome ideas on what you want me to write so do use the comment section to let me know.

I work as a reporter on these posts, searching for authoritative information from books, the Web and from people who have expertise in the areas. My performance goal for this blog for the coming year is to continue to be a credible and competent source of information, to capture your interest, and to stimulate discussions and changes to improve operations and relationships.

I write this blog to try to help us all have better, more civil days. It is the small daily happenings that make life spectacular.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”-- Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader and Baptist minister (1929 – 1968)


Hey, Lynette -

Interesting stats. Expect them to go up as we all go back to visit those top-hit-list posts... I confess I don't remember the #1 most visited post.

For my 2-cents, you are already exceeding my expectations as a reader - keep up the good work.

I have sent links to several of my friends and colleagues, hoping to turn them on to your excellent work.

I have one suggestion - maybe we could all do an on-blog version of a book club with one of these slim volumes on your read or re-read list... give us a head's up a ways out and we could do some discussion/interpretation in an asynchronous way via the blog???

Best regards,

The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t

I like the idea and I'm sure it sold more books than if it were titled the "No Rude Person.."

But I find that part of the incivility of the workplace is also about language and vulgarity. It certainly comes up in many sexual harassment cases.

I remember trying to dissuade some students from hosting weekly "brown nose" lunches with faculty instead of "brown bag" lunches. They seemed incredulous when I said "I know that your intent was just to be clever, but do you really know what brown nosing is depicting?" and "is that how you want to relate to faculty?" So if we refer to others as assholes are we not becoming like those which we deplore? What’s the origin of insults based on body parts? Idiots, cretins, dictators…there are also sorts of colorful words to use that don’t go that route.

Maybe it is another topic for "civility?"