Being an employee on personal time

@breepeace (3028)
Canada
June 1, 2007 7:03pm CST
Have you ever worked at a job that has it written into your employment contract or job description that you are professional at all times, at work or not? My contract has this written in: "We require employees to maintain a constant professional and courteous image to our customers and to uphold company standards and image on personal time." Both my current job and my last job had a similar clause in my job acceptance letter and/or job description, and it drives me nuts. It feels like such an infringement of my rights. I can understand remaining law-abiding since I do that all the time anyway, but it sort of entails that if they ever found that picture of me dancing on the picnic table in my backyard during a drunken party last year with my friend's bra on my head, I could get canned for failing to fulfill my duties? Yes, that picture really does exist. :) I just really don't like the fact that your workplace (not even a career now, just a job!) can place restrictions on what you do in your own time.
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@sandeep_t (428)
• India
4 Jun 07
You have interpreted it wrongly. you are an employee all times to the company means you cant take a part time employment some where else. You are an emploee for 8 hrs of the day. may be 1 hr as a friend, and 1 hr as father etc... But when you play the role of emplpoyee, you got to play that role only at the company you contracted with. This is sone in order to prevent the employees from taking multiple jobs, which may hamper their productivity at work place
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@breepeace (3028)
• Canada
5 Jun 07
I doubt that.. I think you may have interpreted it wrong. No where in that clause does it prevent me from taking a part-time job. They can't stop me from taking a part-time job here, that would be illegal where I live. The only way they can prevent you from taking another job is by specifying that you are not to work part-time for anyone considered competition, meaning I can't do administrative at my job and then take a part-time sales job at another cell phone retailer.
• United States
5 Jun 07
I have seen clauses like that and it's ridiculuous. What you do in your own private life is your own business. Now if you had your companies name in big bold letters on your shirt and the picture went floating around the internet that might be different...