It ain’t easy being pretty…

Ridiculously Photogenic Guy
Ridiculously Photogenic Guy

So by now we have all seen some tidbits from the Iowa employee who was fired because she was too irresistible and I just had to dedicate a post to it, even though I’m a little behind. [I have been super busy with some projects I will be sharing towards the end of the month and interviewing for a new job so cut me some slack and read on] The best post I’ve seen about it so far was here: . I have a couple of thoughts that I want to throw out there for conversation…

-As an HR pro how would we handle this scenario? Employee A comes to you and says that Employee B’s clothes are making him uncomfortable. There is probably a dress code right? If someone else was wearing something offensive we would address that right? He expressed that he was uncomfortable and we are HR we won’t stand for a “hostile” work environment, eh? How would you handle that in your organization?

-Why are they texting each other to begin with? What kind of policy do we have in place to avoid this drama? I’ll say this affairs typically do not start as affairs, they start somewhere else, somewhere innocent… oh I don’t know… maybe they start with texting and a relationship that builds from there. (Make wiser choices married people). I know it’s not HR’s job to referee marriages this little paragraph is just one married person keeping it real with all you married people.

I think it’s a bit of misrepresentation of faith… They met with their pastor and then he decided to let her go… I’m all for “lead us not into temptation” but legally I don’t think this is fair. I won’t jump too much into this one because it isn’t the focus for me, but I just wonder how the conversation with pastor went? Maybe pastor should’ve said let’s start with not texting each other anymore.

Here’s the deal, I think this kind of stuff happens all of the time, both ways. For instance my last job moved me into a sales role. The talks leading up to moving me into a sales role were a lot like this: “You have the look for sales” “You have a face for sales”… I was young and cute and those were the qualifications I had for sales… because I had ZERO sales experience outside of girl scout cookies. These talks made me pretty uncomfortable, but I finally agreed to give it a shot. (If you’re wondering, yes I turned out to be good at sales, but I don’t think it was because of how I look). I’ve also had clients, mostly of the manufacturing sort, request unattractive females for clerical assignments-as not to distract the men from the work they had to do. So when is it okay to hire on looks? Or fire based on looks? NFL cheerleaders? Servers at a restaurant? Receptionist? Futhermore, why are we all on her side when this hit the news? What responsibility does she hold in this, if any?

job interview

Author: Kristina H. Minyard, SHRM-CP, PHR

My goal is to challenge the way we view, measure, and utilize HR and recruiting in a positive and encouraging way. I love working in HR and value the network of HR professionals that I also call friends. I'm always learning from my fellow HR pros and find comfort in their expertise. I'm an active member of my local SHRM chapter (NASHRM) and a total HR enthusiast! My HR related knowledge is a mix of recruiting, retaining, engaging and just plain helping people discover their passion. I'm a follower of Christ, Wife, Mom, Corporate Recruiter, Blogger, problem solver, runner, Sports FANATIC & Razorback surviving amongst the [crimson] tide! You can find me on twitter & Instagram: @HRecruit Snapchat: kminny32 Google+: LinkedIn: Thoughts here (and on all my social media channels) are mine and do not represent the thoughts/beliefs of my employer. Why would I name my blog HR Pockets? Read about it in my first post years ago!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s