Jay Shepherd has a great fantasy dialogue about corporate policies. On one hand we have a company boss that announces the company doesn’t have and never will have a Facebook policy. On the other hand, we have a worker bee who’s a little slow on the uptake: A Facebook policy for grown-ups.
Why no policy? The company hired grown-ups and expects them to act like grown-ups.
The conclusion to the post – there’s no policy against being really, really stupid. But if you are, you will get fired.
The fact that you’re thinking [of doing something incredibly stupid] means we probably shouldn’t have hired you in the first place.
But there’s no policy against it.
Now you’re catching on. That’s right: there’s no policy against it. We know you’re a grown-up and we trust that you’ll be professional and respectful of others. If our trust was misplaced, we’ll fix that.
The challenge is there are lots of people in grown-up bodies who are clueless about being a grown-up. You and I see that all the time. If those people work in your organization, you might have to change where they work.
Check out Mr. Shepherd’s post.