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: http://www.timsackett.com/2013/01/04/fire-beautiful/ . 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?