My Time Off
Should employers monitor what we do on our days off to determine whether we represent an ideal representative for their company? With multiple sites on the internet where we can post pictures, show off our videos and even tweet our exact doings, are we running a risk with our employer finding out what we really do, and should employers care?
Let's say I am a risk-seeker. I like to sky dive, climb mountains and drive fast cars. Would this behavior interfere with my ability to perform my professional duties at work? Now let's say I belong to an organization that my employer finds offensive. Should my employer care?
Divorce records, bankruptcy and some police records are in the public realm. What if I am going through a child-custody battle that ends up on the front pages of the local paper, lose my home through foreclosure and have too much debt? Or if I am ticketed for failure to yield in a school zone, should employers be hesitant to hire me because of it?
Maybe they don't want to be associated with a therapist who does not portray an ideal image for the company. If I use medicinal marijuana and am drug tested, I can be fired. However, if I drink a bottle of wine a night and show up hungover, I can continue to work. The difference - one is currently legal, but using either could impair professional judgment.
Should we ever be reprimanded by our employers for what we do on our days off if it does not affect our professional abilities while we are treating patients?