What is it with these tech companies firing everyone remotely? I got my pink slip from Meta email with instructions for how to turn in my equipment, badge, collect severance, unemployment, etc., and I haven’t spoken to one human being. My exit interview was via an automated system, too. I don’t even know why I was terminated. Don’t I have a right to know?
I work from home. I love my job, but it’s stressful, and I need my Marlboro Mediums to get me through the day. If I smoke a cigarette in my own home during the work day, is that a violation of company policy? What about if I’m smoking on a Zoom call?
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I would question your choice of activity to relieve your stress. Carcinogenic sticks are not only a bad look but bad for your overall health — read the packaging. That said, whatever you do in your own home off camera is your own business. Once the camera is on, however, it’s showtime, baby — you are “at work,” and your employer has the right to regulate how you show up and engage wherever you are. So, all the things you wouldn’t do in a regular meeting, you shouldn’t do in a Zoom meeting, and that includes smoking, napping, boozing or chewing gum — my personal pet peeve because the cow-like chewing on camera is magnified so much that it should be accompanied by moo music.
Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a chief human resources executive. Hear Greg Weds. at 9:35 a.m. on iHeartRadio 710 WOR with Len Berman and Michael Riedel. E-mail: [email protected] Follow: GoToGreg.com and on