Corporate policies vs. reality
A few months ago we were given an info packet to read over at work, it was mainly a refresher on the companies conflict of interest/fraternization/ethics policies etc. I couldn't help but notice distinct differences in the way the document made things out to be and how they actually are....
The Policy: Fraternization is strictly prohibited between employees in the same department, any instance in which an employee is involved with a supervisor and for all senior executives and board members of the company.
Reality: Yes, you can try and get with that hot girl from accounting if you want to, just keep it on the DL. As for our executives, well they have enough money and power to do whatever they want, we just don't want to make that super obvious.
We really don't care if you get with someone from your own department on two conditions: 1) It's not your boss and 2) You keep the workplace drama free. Seriously, it's not hard.
The Policy: Company X supports a moral ethical workplace with an open door policy. Employees should feel free to bring any concerns to a supervisor, manager or other person of authority without fear of reprisal or retaliation for doing so. All issues will be dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The Reality: Sure you can be a snitch if you want to be, but honestly that won't work out so well for you since it will do little but breed ill will between you and your coworkers. Your supervisor may listen to you, but the guys upstairs don't really give a crap what you think so don't bother trying.
Also, it's not a good idea to develop a reputation as a whiner. This WILL stick with you and it WILL make your job more difficult.
The policy: Resources are available 24/7 to allow employees to anonymously report serious ethical and legal violations. You can call XXX-XXX-XXX at any time to file a report. YOU DO NOT NEED TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF. Reports are taken seriously and will be investigated promptly. Honesty and integrity of all employees is vital to the success of the company.
The Reality: Anonymous? Hahahahahahaha! I don't think so. Even if you don't give your name, you'll still be found out. Once again, it's NOT a good idea to be a snitch. Do you really think your coworkers will appreciate having a tattle tale in their midst?
While it's great to think that you can report things like this and have something actually come of it, the only two things likely to result from such a report are 1) Your coworkers developing a healthy dislike of you or 2) Your job disappearing in short order.
Think we're bluffing? Try us.
The policy: Employees are STRICTLY PROHIBITED from conducting any non-work related business while on the clock or on company property or using company resources. Absolutely no activities for personal financial gain are permitted while at work. No exceptions.
The reality: Ok, there actually are exceptions like that nice old lady in human resources who has been here forever and sells things she knits all the time. Also, the guy who sells bootleg DVDs in the parking lot gets a pass too, because we all like him.
Truthfully, a long as you are discreet about it, we don't really care what you do. I mean come on, just don't make it blatantly obvious what you are doing and we'll leave you alone. This is not difficult.
"If we refund your money, give you a free replacement and shoot the manager, then will you be happy?" - sign seen in a restaurant
Last edited by CrazedClerkthe2nd; 11-25-2012 at 04:42 PM.