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Five Second Rule

[cap­tion id=“attachment_107489” align=“alignright” width=“200”] Exam­ple of a five sec­ond reck­less eye­balling at a workplace.[/caption]

by baldilocks

This def­i­nitely isn’t about camp­ing out in the lane or pick­ing up food off the floor and eat­ing it.

Net­flix has report­edly banned work­ers from look­ing at each other for more than five sec­onds as part of its new anti-​harassment rules.

The new pol­icy also bans the company’s film crews from ask­ing their col­leagues for their phone num­bers, accord­ing to an arti­cle in the Sun.

Senior staff went to a harass­ment meet­ing to learn what is and isn’t appro­pri­ate,” an on-​set run­ner told the Sun. “Look­ing at any­one longer than five sec­onds is con­sid­ered creepy.”

You mustn’t ask for someone’s num­ber unless they have given per­mis­sion for it to be dis­trib­uted,” the source con­tin­ued. “And if you see any unwanted behav­iour, report it immediately.”

Other new rules include: “Don’t give lin­ger­ing hugs or touch any­one for a lengthy period of time,” “Don’t ask out a col­league more than once if they have said no,” “Steer clear of a col­league once they have said they are not inter­ested in you,” and “Don’t flirt.” The rules also encour­age employ­ees to “Shout ‘Stop, don’t do that again!’ if a col­league has been inappropriate.” (…)

Net­flix hasn’t con­firmed or denied the new rules, but did release a state­ment to the Inde­pen­dent, say­ing: “We’re proud of the anti-​harassment train­ing we offer to our pro­duc­tions. We want every Net­flix pro­duc­tion to be a safe and respect­ful work­ing envi­ron­ment. We believe the resources we offer empower peo­ple on our sets to speak up, and shouldn’t be trivialized.”

Back in the day, the “five sec­ond rule” was called reck­less eyeballing.

Hon­estly, who can blame Net­flix for try­ing to save them­selves some poten­tial sex­ual harass­ment set­tle­ment money?

Peo­ple have long used the work­place as a play­ground. I’m not judg­ing this, but if an employer wants its employ­ees to min­i­mize the play­ing of grab*ss and get those DVDs in the mail, I can’t judge that either.

If you ask me, Net­flix sounds like a good can­di­date for automation.

Now about that Obama con­tract, Netflix …

Never mind, I don’t have an account.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Example of a five second reckless eyeballing at a workplace.

by baldilocks

This definitely isn’t about camping out in the lane or picking up food off the floor and eating it.

Netflix has reportedly banned workers from looking at each other for more than five seconds as part of its new anti-harassment rules.

The new policy also bans the company’s film crews from asking their colleagues for their phone numbers, according to an article in the Sun.

“Senior staff went to a harassment meeting to learn what is and isn’t appropriate,” an on-set runner told the Sun. “Looking at anyone longer than five seconds is considered creepy.”

“You mustn’t ask for someone’s number unless they have given permission for it to be distributed,” the source continued. “And if you see any unwanted behaviour, report it immediately.”

Other new rules include: “Don’t give lingering hugs or touch anyone for a lengthy period of time,” “Don’t ask out a colleague more than once if they have said no,” “Steer clear of a colleague once they have said they are not interested in you,” and “Don’t flirt.” The rules also encourage employees to “Shout ‘Stop, don’t do that again!’ if a colleague has been inappropriate.” (…)

Netflix hasn’t confirmed or denied the new rules, but did release a statement to the Independent, saying: “We’re proud of the anti-harassment training we offer to our productions. We want every Netflix production to be a safe and respectful working environment. We believe the resources we offer empower people on our sets to speak up, and shouldn’t be trivialized.”

Back in the day, the “five second rule” was called reckless eyeballing.

Honestly, who can blame Netflix for trying to save themselves some potential sexual harassment settlement money?

People have long used the workplace as a playground. I’m not judging this, but if an employer wants its employees to minimize the playing of grab*ss and get those DVDs in the mail, I can’t judge that either.

If you ask me, Netflix sounds like a good candidate for automation.

Now about that Obama contract, Netflix …

Never mind, I don’t have an account.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar for his new not-GoDaddy host!

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