Regulating Employee Behavior Off-The-Clock

You’re a respiratory therapist on an oncology unit and a long-time smoker. In fact, you’re often observed by fellow employees and sometimes patients taking smoke breaks in close proximity to the hospital grounds.You’re a department manager at a highly regarded health care system and an exotic dancer when you’re not “on the clock,” although the fact that you’re in a salaried position makes determining what’s “off the clock” somewhat challenging.

You’re a sleep technologist at a sleep center in a small community and you also write a blog on “stupid medical errors” in your spare time.

Employees should be aware of employers policies that regulate off-duty behavior, like blogging about stupid medical errors.

Could any of these activities create problems for these individuals or their employers? Would the problems be significant enough that their jobs might actually be in jeopardy?

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