Thankfully, just as I thought I might lose my mind from the boring repetition of my humdrum existence these last few weeks, the Netflix gods looked down upon me, saw my distress, and sent me manna from heaven (more like pork rinds from Oklahoma) in the form of a true-crime documentary about a mulleted, sequins-wearing, tattooed, pierced, gun-toting, tiger-loving, throupled troubadour with political aspirations and murderous intentions. Of course, I’m talking about none other than Joe Exotic, aka “The Tiger King.”
If you are one of the two people left in America who has not yet watched the true-crime documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness on Netflix and don’t want to read any spoilers, you may want to turn back now. Otherwise, let me take this opportunity to bring you these HR tips on what NOT to do, inspired by Joe Exotic’s unique brand of unhinged managerial madness.
1. Don’t Turn a Blind Eye to Safety
Joe Exotic’s safety protocols at his privately run zoo were, to put it gingerly, less than stringent. Hopefully, your employees are not in real danger of having their arms ripped off by a tiger or being threatened with guns on a daily basis, but all businesses must abide by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) General Duty Clause and provide a place of employment that is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees. Companies must also comply with all other OSHA regulations applicable to their industry or business.
2. Don’t Fraternize with the Help
There’s no law against dating or even marrying someone you work with, but romantic entanglements can be risky business, especially when one of the individuals in the relationship has supervisory authority over the other. Just because Joe Exotic decided to enter into a polygamous marriage with two guys who worked for him at his private zoo in exchange for meth and one-on-one tiger time, you should probably think twice about allowing employees to fraternize at your business.
At a minimum, you should not allow employees to fraternize with their managers, or you should at least ask them to sign a love contract or similar agreement confirming that the relationship is consensual and outlining expectations in the event the relationship goes sour.
As Monsieur Exotic found out firsthand, it can really strain professional relationships when the boss has to continue working with his toothless ex-husband who impregnated the woman in the front office. Awkward!
3. Don’t Allow Secondary Pursuits to Affect Your Business
We all have interests outside of work, but many employers would be wise to adopt policies preventing their employees from engaging in outside work if it would create a conflict of interest or otherwise distract from employees’ ability to focus on the work they are doing for the company. Continue reading here…
Source: HR Daily Advisor