Jul 272012
 

#3. No one loves you like family.

How often do you hear we treat our employees like family? Is that really a good idea? Think about how families interact: they mind each others business, they give unsolicited advice on dating and child rearing techniques, they tell loud politically incorrect jokes and badly at that, they lecture on politics, proselytize, take each other for granted and expect you to read their minds. Is this really the way you want to run your business? Getting involved in employees personal lives, particularly in the areas of sexuality, child rearing, politics and religion, is never a good idea. Permitting jokes based on race, gender, ethnicity, or sexuality in the workplace is a recipe for a hostile work environment suit. While on the other extreme, proselytizing in the workplace can lead to religious discrimination law suits.

This article is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice nor does it create an attorney client relationship. Please contact me or your local labor and employment attorney should you need legal advice.

Jul 052012
 

#4. Nobody likes the teacher’s pet.

Playing favorites in the workplace is just as destructive as it was when it happened in school. Playing favorites creates morale problems because everyone else is going to resent the favored employee. It also leads to diminished productivity as the disfavored employees will stop trying because trying doesn’t get them anywhere and the favored employee is likely to slack off because they can get away with it. Playing favorites always creates the possibility of a law suit where there are employees who are not of the same protected group as the favorite. If the favoritism involves a romantic relationship or the rest of the employees believe that it does, lawsuits will inevitably follow.

This article is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice nor does it create an attorney client relationship. Please contact me or your local labor and employment attorney should you need legal advice.