Worst. Employee Communication Faux Pas. Ever.
Here’s a #TBT post that we first ran back in 2013. It’s one of the funniest stories we have ever covered, and it comes with a valuable message about using work telecommunications for private matters. —Editor
We won’t go in to details here, but suffice it to say the content of the lovers’ exchange was definitely not suitable for the workplace. If this still doesn’t sound like a nightmare come true, it’s because you have either been reading to much Fifty Shades of Grey and/or haven’t read far enough along in this blog post yet.
According to the report, “The email quickly went viral and Tweets with the hashtag #sandwichvan quickly appeared on Twitter.”
Not long after the event occurred, a human resources rep at the company released a statement saying the couple was “absolutely mortified” and “apologize for any offense caused”, and then they both quit their jobs.
What are the myHR Partner morals of this story?
- Do not—we repeat DO NOT—use your work email address for personal business.
- Make sure your company policy for using business email accounts is clearly stated in your handbooks.
- Have a plan ready to tactfully and respectfully handle embarrassing employee mistakes like these. (And keep your sense of humor, too.)
- Have your sandwich truck vendors send out their own messages. It’s safer that way.
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