Inappropriate Use of Email??Locked
Hello all- a friend of mine told me to come here and involve myself in some of these lively discussions so here I am – I work in Local Government in Australia and wanted to run this by you – last Friday just, five employees were suspended without any case being put for “inappropriate use of email” – it was just before a long weekend and all the people were long term permanent members of the workforce who had been performing efficiently in their positions. The people concerned were guys who worked in a traditionally female dominated field and some months ago, with an effort to help the males bond, they took to organising to go Paintballing – they all enjoyed this activity immensely and after this particular event, an email circulated amongst the group and became increasingly humorous and “boysy”…now some poor anally retentive puritan must have looked over somebody’s shoulder because all the members who had participated in a playful response to said email have been suspended pending investigation, accused of pornographic usage of the Email.
Now I’m just wondering how the rest of you feel about something like this – Do you think it’s fair that we only use business speak in Emails when working in an organisation, or do you think it appropriate that as a “debriefing” technique to save us from the rigours of Customer Service in the Brave new World, we occasionally send things up,and let our hair down?