At BOEM, we are committed to ensuring all employees have a safe, welcoming work environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. This Prevention and Elimination of Harassing Conduct webpage provides information on BOEM’s efforts to combat harassing and discriminatory conduct in the workplace. Every BOEM employee deserves and is responsible for a supportive, safe and inclusive working environment.
To eradicate harassment and discrimination, we have developed overarching goals designed to develop a forward-looking, proactive approach that will move the organization closer to the culture we want to foster. We are also working to develop training and culture change initiatives that target and address BOEM’s specific challenges, rather than assuming a one-size-fits-all approach. The Department of the Interior (DOI) has identified BOEM as a trailblazer in our efforts to combat harassment and discrimination and is incorporating key aspects into DOI-level training initiatives.
I’m pleased to report that our efforts have been paying off – rates of experiencing harassing or discriminatory conduct have decreased from almost 34% on the 2017 Work Environment Survey (WES) to 12% on a similar question on the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). We fully intend to build upon this progress.
As we continue our work for the American taxpayer, let me reiterate that there is simply no place for harassment or discrimination at BOEM or within DOI.
Employees who have witnessed or experienced harassment or discrimination are encouraged to visit www.doi.gov/employees, where they can find a variety of available resources, or reach out to BOEM's Ombudsman to explore their options.
Dr. Walter Cruickshank
Progress in 2020
Anti-harassment questions were included in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) for the first time in 2019. There were six questions and here is a summary that shows the results for both 2019 and 2020.