What do you think about this company rule?

@youless (87603)
Guangzhou, China
October 7, 2011 9:03pm CST
Suppose you are working in Nike and its rule doesn't allow its employees to buy other brands such as Puma, Adidas and so on. What do you think about it? Do you agree or disagree to it?
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• United States
8 Oct 11
If they company paid me enough to be able to only stick with their products I guess it would be okay with me as I don't mind the Nike brand. However, if they don't pay me enough I guess what I wear off the clock should not matter to them. So in order for me to agree they have to at least offer discounts because Nike brands are not cheap.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Oct 11
They just pay for your salary. I think it is not very fair because sometimes I just think that other brands have a better design and it suits me much more. And I spend my own money and therefore my company should not prohibit it.
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@AmbiePam (46899)
• United States
10 Oct 11
I would have a problem with that. I mean if Nike wants to give me a bunch of free products, then I'd be all Nike, all the time. But if not, they would have to deal with it. I totally agree if one worked at Nike they should only wear Nike items at work. I wouldn't think it was professional to wear Reebok at a Nike office. But when it's on our own time, in our own life outside of work, I don't think it is fair to say what brands we can or cannot buy. Unless like I mentioned, they would be willing to either give me free Nike products or a huge discount on Nike products.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Oct 11
But if these products are not free of charge, you have to still pay for yourself, it is unfair.
@AmbiePam (46899)
• United States
11 Oct 11
Yes, of course.
• India
8 Oct 11
It should be an individuals own decision. Okay for brand loyalty sake and during work i think its fair enough to have the rule but not otherwise. For me i hardly get the shoes of my size and my taste and i finally got it in puma. But that means because i dont have that option in that specific brand.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Oct 11
It is bad that you don't have any choices.
• India
8 Oct 11
yeah because i never seem to get my size which is so hard to find.
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• China
8 Oct 11
I don't approve of such a rule.I think they tread their employees rights underfoot. The employees are free to buy what they like ,there is no reason whatever for enterprise to coerce their employees into only buying their own products.In fact, this rule shows that Nike lacks self-confidence to their products.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Oct 11
You are quite right.
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• China
8 Oct 11
I think the rule surely caused a lot of ill feel at Nike.
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• Philippines
8 Oct 11
if this is true, my question is "How will they know that their employees are buying other brands?".:) i mean, this rule is impossible,right?. cause i think a company has no hold as to what its employees want or need in their personal lives. having our own things are our own choices. eventhough the company's the one paying you, doesn't mean it's the only place where you can buy your things. i think it's funny.LOL.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Oct 11
It is easy. If you wear Adidas sneakers, isn't it obvious from Nike sneakers?
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
does this company really take to survey every employee every working days just to see if its employees are not buying other brands? can't help myself cause it's really funny. LOL
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@sunli123 (540)
• China
8 Oct 11
Can I understand this rule in this way, the employees are not allowed to wear clothes and shoes in other brands during their working time? If so, I think it is acceptable. It's like that we're working at company A, so we can't wear company B's overall when we are at work.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Oct 11
So the choices will be less. You can only wear company A's clothes, but not B, C, D's...
@sunli123 (540)
• China
8 Oct 11
Just during working time. Then the employee can choose any brands they like after work, or it will be unfair to them.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
13 Oct 11
I have to say I disagree. If a person chose to support the company they worked for that way...great....but if the company required it..well..I think that is a little much. There are people that don't really care about the brand name of their shoes as much as they do if it is affordable. The company they work for might make very expensive shoes that would be hard for them to fit in their budget. I think it would be an unfair requirement.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
14 Oct 11
I agree with you.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
13 Oct 11
I think you should just not be caught wearing other brands especially if you are in a place where your company is "known" and they know you are connected with them. I know this local manufacturer here in the country that would actually suspend an employee if they were caught buying the competitor brand, say juices,softdrinks ... etc. also there is a local fastfood chain that whenever they are at the mall, they cannot be seen eating at their direct competitor... :D so i guess this is a bit natural for companies. its protecting their image as well.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
13 Oct 11
Oh, I can not even spend my money as my wish...
@allknowing (58111)
• India
11 Oct 11
May be they can ban the staff from wearing other brands while at work but not having the freedom to buy them and use them elsewhere is wrong. This should be reported to powers that be so othat something concrete could come out of it.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Oct 11
I just hope less companies will have this rule.
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
11 Oct 11
I disagree with it. I do not think that is a fair request at all.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Oct 11
I feel the same.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
10 Oct 11
I think if they made it clear when they hired that employees must wear their brand, then they have every right to do so. It would be super if they gave a special discount for their shoes and that would help emplyees feel better about their rule. I think it is rather smart of them to have all employees wear their brand as if that is the best brand..it's actually good marketing in my opinion. Employees know the rules and chose to work there.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Oct 11
Yes, it seems to be a smart rule but also unfair.
• United States
10 Oct 11
I strongly disagree. If I make a product that I can't afford I wouldn't buy it . I would buy what I could afford. I guess right before I sign the contract , I would make sure there is an allowance so I could buy the company goods.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
10 Oct 11
I know you are a person who has your own characters and I am sure you will disagree to this unfair rule
@mandylee (267)
• China
9 Oct 11
i dont think it fair.as for me,i prefer the casual style in most part of time in my life and just went outing i choose the sportwear,as all knew that Nike is the sport brand,i think i will not own it too much,just one or two enough!
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Oct 11
I agree with you.
8 Oct 11
Legally speaking, the only way they could enforce this would be to supply their employees with a "uniform" (which the employees may have to pay for out of their salary, though I'm not sure how that'd sit with unions). They could demand that their employees only wear their brand to work but, at least in the UK, it would be unenforcable - the employees would drag the company into court in no time.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Oct 11
I like your idea. At least it is fair for both employers and employees.
• China
8 Oct 11
If the company i am working in give me all clothes for free , i will be happy to abide by the rule.However ,if i am forced buy products from my company with no strings attached , i will fire my boss and leave the unreasonable company immediately . TWY, is your company so unreasonable ?
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Oct 11
I heard this crazy rule from a friend and she works there.
@shanemae (1025)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
hi youless. well, i have heard of that like my uncle is working in this certain company (coca cola) they have their loyalty to their products. for me it's okay since the company provides free soft drinks during special occasions. they also have discounts during special holidays. that's what i know before i am not sure now. if the company would give me enough money and discounts so that i can avail of their products? then why not. i know of the brand so my trusty is there the issue would be, if i can afford to buy that stuff.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Oct 11
What if the employees work for LV?
@vasumathi (438)
• India
8 Oct 11
I dont agree with this. What if the employee of that company, likes to buy a new product released by other brands, which is so good
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Oct 11
You are right.
@masang (295)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
I both agree and disagree. I agree in the sense that it is an issue of loyalty or patronage. It is just right to patronize the products of the company that you are in.But on the other hand I would disagree because what if the product is too expensive and you have no choice at all but force to use the products of the company because you will be fired from work. It is alright if discounts are big or perhaps the products are free for the workers.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Oct 11
I think since it is my own money, I have my own rights to spend it anywhere.
@huilichan8 (1379)
• Singapore
8 Oct 11
I don't think it's an acceptable rule because it denies the employees of their right to choose.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Oct 11
I think so.
@Hatley (163931)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Oct 11
hi youless I would agree as Nikes fit better but only if they give you a discount on the price since you are an employee. Otherwise I wou ld not like that rule at all as sometimes one gets a better price on other brands of shoes.this rule does not seem really'fair unless as I said you get a good employee discount. lol
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Oct 11
Try to imagine if it is not Nike, it may be another less popular brand. What will you think?