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Porn-sharing postal workers reinstated

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HC Online | 06 Aug 2014, 11:39 AM Agree 0
Is looking at X-rated material in the office reason enough to dismiss employees? The issue may not be as clear-cut as you think.
  • SDM | 06 Aug 2014, 03:13 PM Agree 0
    I totalle get the concept that the 'punishment must fit the crime', but it makes me chuckle that notice provisions (or a lack of them' is one of the factors which went into the employees favour. Surely a policy that says it's not ok & another that says we monitor your electronic communication is sufficient & every time it's upgraded you don't have to. Sad to say that Australia workplaces has become all about rights & no responsibilities. Comes to show that as Line Managers you need to behaving conversations with your people all the time about the things that are important becasue that 'clean record' is generally not always that clean....
  • caca | 07 Aug 2014, 11:04 AM Agree 0
    I agree with SDM, I would've thought those 2 policies and let's be honest the obvious nature of this behaviour would lead to possible termination.

  • Marc | 08 Aug 2014, 09:35 AM Agree 0
    Without reading the whole judgement. it seems that there was a certain culture here even a condoning of such behaviour given that managers and supervisors were sharing the material. There have been a few cases reported here where this contributed to termination being deemed too harsh. I agree it seems like a 'no-brainer' that this type of behaviour is not acceptable but nevertheless it was 'acceptable' in this particular section/dept ie it was left to happen for a period. If so then it seems an overt reminder of policies and acceptable behaviour is required before any terminations are deemed appropriate for further transgressions. As SDM notes, the importance of Line Mgrs is crucial in reinforcing appropriate behaviours and not letting things 'slide'.
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