Dear Aunty B,
I’m sick and tired of our staff getting their internet shopping delivered to work. It’s ridiculous, I reckon a package would arrive nearly every day.
A lot of our staff are young women and I think they are shopping from their computers on company time. We have rules that staff can use the internet for personal use at lunch time only, but I find it hard to police it without going up to the office to have a look at what’s on their screens.
Should I tell them they’re not allowed to have their shopping delivered here? They need to respect that the workplace is for work and not shopping!
Let’s unpack your package problem – I think the issue isn’t the deliveries; it’s that you don’t trust your staff.
Going around ‘policing’ their internet history is not going to create a very pleasant workplace culture and it probably won’t stop staff if they are shopping on company time.
Stop being suspicious and get officious – call a meeting and outline the internet policy, letting your staff know the reason that Facebook isn’t banned at work is because you value a flexible work culture – but you expect respect in return for that flexibility.
And if you still think the packages are what is really bothering you, go ahead and ban them. I can guarantee slapping staff with a rule, with no communication, won’t foster respect.
Your Aunty B
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