Getting frisky at work
OK, so maybe this one is not so innocent, but many people get romantically involved with coworkers, and occasionally get carried away during office hours. Unless you’re a Grey’s Anatomy cast member, this is a big-time no-no. “Most of the firings I’ve had to conduct have been for performance-related issues, but once, I had to let two hourly employees go, who were having sex on site and on the clock. They were both married, but not to each other,” says Evelyn Magioros Snow, a human resources manager. Many companies have established no-dating policies for coworkers, clients, and board members, but even for those that don’t, pursuing your passion on the premises could lead to a pink slip or worse—getting fired. Here are the 13 things HR won’t tell you about keeping your job.
Say ho, ho, ho instead of no, no
Gift giving, and receiving, is a big part of holiday fun, but accepting a gift from a vendor or client is frowned upon at many companies. If you work for a political organization or publicly held corporation, this practice is almost guaranteed to cost you your employment. “At two corporations that I manage human relations for, one employee received a warning, and another one got fired because they accepted holiday gifts from vendors,” says David Lewis, president, CEO and founder of OperationsInc, a human resources consulting firm. “In one instance, this practice was an unwritten rule. In the other, it was a documented rule, included in the employee handbook.” The reason for this practice is obvious—your employer wants you to be beyond reproach, should anyone ever question your professional actions. Getting presents from vendors or clients may appear to unfairly influence your decisions. (Don’t miss these 14 secret signs that you’re getting fired.)