Rogue Employee of the Week – the Case of the Fed-Ex Monitor Tosser.

Posted: December 27, 2011 in Rogue Employees

This week’s rogue employee is the Fed-Ex driver who was caught on tape throwing a customer’s computer monitor over a fence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKUDTPbDhnA (over 4.6 million views at my last count).

A pretty minor incident, but in the age of video cameras and Youtube, the incident garnered great negative attention for Fed Ex.

There are two lessons here. One, employees who are out in the general public are subject to scrutiny. You should remind them that people are watching, and video cameras may be rolling. There is potential to embarrass themselves and the company.

The second lesson is that employees who work outside of your office can and will misbehave. It’s just human nature for some employees to slack off or act inappropriately while the boss isn’t watching. I’ve seen cases of employees who were playing poker when they should have been working, who were sexually harassing other employees, even employees who were working for another company on my client’s time.

You can’t watch employees all the time, nor would you want to. You want to give them the trust that they deserve. But if you suspect something, follow your gut and check up on your employees’ behavior outside of the office. Make unannounced visits to the worksite. Install GPS monitors on company vehicles. Call and check in with them. In short, give them the impression that they are not all on their own when they are outside of your office.

By Adam P. Whitney

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