A survey highlights the discomfort of employees, who speak of a “culture of silence.”
The world of video games is once again shaken by humiliating behavior in the workplace. This time, the information has emerged as a result of a survey carried out in Paradox Interactive, parents of Crusader Kings 3 and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. The survey was carried out during the month of August and a total of 133 company employees participated , whose answers implied a serious problem rooted in the daily life of the company.
According to data collected by Breakit and translated by GamesIndustry, 44% of those surveyed have experienced “abuse” within the company. Within the number of participants, 26% correspond to company employees, of which a 69% admitted to having suffered some abusive treatment. These numbers, and the light that is now shining on this problem, shows what has been called a “Culture of silence” in Paradox Interactive, which is known as a practice in which people who have experienced some kind of abuse and their surroundings do not dare to report it.
Offensive treatment is a systematic and all-too-common problem at ParadoxSurvey results reportThis trend is evidenced by an almost total feeling among survey participants that they do not feel that their deal has been handled in the most appropriate way. With these figures, the report ends by stating that “offensive treatment is a systematic and too common problem at Paradox.” In response to these results, Paradox has decided to carry out its own survey, which will be carried out with the help of an external and neutral company, to check the quality of the work environment of its employees. According to a massive email from the company, they intend to conduct a survey to “conduct a thorough review of our process.”
This news is linked to the recent resignation of Ebba Ljungerud, former CEO of Paradox, who left the company due to “differences in company strategy.” And, although much of the opinions of Internet users have been suspicious about Paradox’s treatment of its employees, Fredrik Wester, the new CEO, declared that there was no relationship between the results of the survey and Ljungerud’s departure.
Unfortunately, this is not the only allusion to workplace abuse that we have faced today. Since, just a few hours ago, it was discovered that Activision Blizzard and Ubisoft have still not done anything to remedy the state of their work environments, known for the offensive treatment of their employees. Hopefully, the Paradox poll will be the first step to see an important and necessary change in your offices. But, for the moment, it is placed on that list of companies that disappoint the public.
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