Protecting your reputation is of great importance. Or is it? Read what this week’s guest, Marcia Hancock, of Job Search Advisor has to say about this topic:
HOW EMPLOYEES ARE LIVING REFLECTIONS OF COMPANY VALUES
Employees tend to believe that once the workday is over and they are off the clock, their image belongs to them exclusively. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Employees are walking, breathing, living representations of an employer’s values and culture, 24/7. How a person behaves in public, outside of the office is an indicator not only of future job performance and cultural fit, but how he/she will behave on the job.
Behavior is an indicator of attitude, integrity and personal values. Employers want employees whose personal values reflect those of the company. And that behavior has a definite impact on the perception of the employer within the local or national community.
Many will counter that the employers’ right to govern behavior does not extend beyond working hours. Yet, with today’s extended working hours and dependence on electronic devices for communication at all hours of the day and night, the traditional 8 hour working day has disappeared.
If a relationship exists between off-the-clock behavior of the employee and his/her performance at work, then the employee is accountable for off duty behavior.
Depending on the nature of the business, employees are accountable for risky behaviors on and off the clock. Off-duty behaviors that place a business in an unfavorable light with the public, conduct that has the potential for harming the business, are circumstances the employer may control.
With the growth and popularity of social media, it is difficult for an employer not to know what behaviors people engage in during time away from the traditional office.
Miley Cyrus as a Role Model
Within hours of her controversial performance, Vogue Magazine decided to ‘drop’ photos of Miley Cyrus scheduled for the December Holiday Vogue issue. Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief decided to “…to take the cover in a different direction…” presumably in reaction to the image Miley projected on stage. Was this an image Vogue wanted to project to its readers? Apparently the answer is a resounding ‘No’.
This is a blow to Miley’s career as it will be some time before Vogue considers her again as a cover model. Many famous and illustrious women have enjoyed the distinction to appear on the cover of Vogue. This is an opportunity missed for such a young, talented artist. It remains to be seen if there will be further consequences for Miley’s ability to land ‘gigs’.
Current and potential employers can hold employees accountable for their actions outside of the office and off-the-clock. Especially when that behavior is public and plastered all over social media.
Marcia Hancock, The Job Search Advisor
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