Lately there has been a great deal of attention paid to the reaction of employers related to employee behavior away from the “office.” Now admittedly these are very public “employees”; athletes and television personalities are easy targets. Some big corporate employees have also managed to make the news as well.
The question is, as an employer, are your employees your identity? Is your company faceless and employees work anonymously in the background? There aren’t many businesses that can run faceless. So therefore if you manage a business you must make the assumption that you are who you hire.
This is a very difficult balancing act. I am a big believer in “time served” and we all make mistakes, but depending upon what your company does for a living you might not have the luxury of those philosophies. People have a right to earn a living. If are mistakes are made there will be fall-out. But businesses need to think about their brand and protection of that brand…they provide a livelihood for all their employees, and that can’t be placed in jeopardy.
Who are you? Faceless or is your company your people?