Feels like I’ve been waiting for this day to happen for some time; the day when someone posts a message in our enterprise community that is ‘charged’ for any number of reasons.
Before we go there, I blogged a few weeks ago that our HR team was initiating faith-based employee circles. We have dozens and dozens of employee circles – Latino, ELGBT, Women’s Leadership, Asian and Black Employees Group etc.
When I first noticed the faith based post, it gave me pause as I could imagine some of what might happen.
Back to the story.
Employee A posts (not quoted), “Have a blessed weekend. May god be with you.”
Employee B is offended, and unfollows Employee A. This should be the end; it’s not.
Employee B notified his boss who, as you might imagine handles it like a hot potato and delegates upward and sideways until it reaches me. I see nothing wrong with the post, it doesn’t violate any of our social guidelines, and knowing that HR is working to introduce faith based circles it would seem that we can expect some ‘god’ talk and…………GASP…………maybe even the names of god. Buddha, Jesus, Allah, Yahweh; you get it.
So I contact HR to notify that there’s been one mention of lower-case god, and one person who was offended. Several meetings ensued, and my primary goal was to ensure that no one contact Employee A since he did not do anything wrong.
Outcome? Still don’t know; but I do know that HR is re-assesing their position on faith based employee circles.
Has this happened to you?