So my phone has been blowing up over 2 stories that don’t really have anything to do with me. The first being some guy in Arkansas that woke up to a dog eating his testicle… I guess since I’m from Arkansas everyone feels it necessary for me to be associated with this crazy story. I haven’t been diligent in my research on this one, but you’re more than welcome to read about it here. Or google it and find where every state in the country has picked up the story. The question I have here is was it necessary to call the police? I know I should just research and find the answer, but no.
The second story Shea Allen being fired from WAAY 31 in Huntsville. Since I work in Huntsville and because I blog everyone I know feels necessary to tell me about this story and maybe make sure it doesn’t happen to me… what? Shea made it all the way to the Today show with her story of being fired for her personal blog and people are all in a tizzy sharing their two cents about it so I’ll throw my two cents in the pile. A couple of things… you are a reporter… for a news station… that makes you marketing as well. If people don’t like you or what you say they are less likely to watch you. You represent your employer at all times: when you are at the grocery store, at the gas station, at the water park, on the radio, tweeting and blogging… be mindful of that. Should she have been fired? I don’t know. Not for me to say. I don’t know what her personnel file looks like, but here’s my breakdown of her 10 confessions.
1) If I could go bra-less anywhere and no one be the wiser, I would… but I can’t. Kudos to you for having that option.
2) It’s easy to get things out of people who have the hots for you. This rule is true for everyone
3) Sometimes people are better at winging it than if they rehearsed something or are reading someone else’s work. No problem here.
4) Every female in the world is working on perfecting this art, if not for television at least for group photos, right?
5) My left side is my good side too.
6) Old people aren’t scary and they watch the news. Listen up sister, we all have to do things at work that we don’t like to do. Openly refusing to do a portion of your job may make it hard for an employer to take you seriously, now and in the future.
7) Rainbows aren’t for everyone. And they usually don’t get the ratings that the opposite stories get. I’ll still give you a pass here.
8) Are you on the clock or off the clock? Is this acceptable practice? I imagine if you have to get up in the wee hours of the morning or work extremely late and you have some hours in between stories you’re chasing that this probably isn’t as taboo as it sounds on your list. More info please?
9) Still no problem here… as a recruiter we sometimes let candidates ramble after we’ve determined they aren’t a fit for our positions. I think letting them continue to talk is the opposite of rude.
10) Okay.. isn’t this too far? That’s a federal crime right? Why is everyone harping on the other 9 things, but ignoring that this is actually a crime… #confused.
What I’m wondering is how the HR department for the news station is handling this? Hopefully everything is documented and maybe there is some sort of conduct clause in her contract. No matter if they chose to fire her or keep her on people are going to throw their two cents in. When your employees act crazy in public you get judged. People ask questions like “How did she get through the hiring process?” …. “Did she know what was expected from her?”… “Is this a lack of leadership within your organization?”…”Does she have a history of this type of stuff?” etc. etc.