privacy matters?

@arneljb (224)
Philippines
December 22, 2009 4:52am CST
I am an executive in a company that has a large sales department. A few days ago, the wife of one of our top salesmen asked me to fire her husband! She said she had it on good authority that he was having an affair with a young secretary in the office. The wife said that if I thought her husband was too valuable to the company to let go, I should fire the girl. She said she was sure her husband could easily get another job if he were forced to, and the affair would cool off if they weren’t working together. Should I get involved in the domestic problems of one of my salesmen? Or do you think if a man does his job well, what he does on his own is his own business?
4 responses
@weasel81 (2501)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
ain't that a problem for human resources? but i wouldn't get involved, cause it could cost you in the long run. i wouldn't get rid of him for his wife if he's doing his job correctly for you.
@arneljb (224)
• Philippines
23 Dec 09
i totally agree
@peavey (16903)
• United States
22 Dec 09
I agree with the other posters. This is a bad mix of business and personal problems. The woman should be told to deal with her husband and not expect you or your company to do it for her. It has nothing to do with work, but with their relationship.
@ybong007 (6656)
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
Domestic problem should be left to the couple and HR only if necessary. Personal problem should not be in any way be a reason to fire a good employee not unless it's part of company policies which i bet is not. Well for private companies of course. Government employees is subject to moral values and philandering employees can get fired if there's a complaint. And you right, if your employees is good at what he is doing then whatever he does on his personal life is totally his own. The company can't do anything about it except to inform the guy the there's a complaint from his wife. Well that's just my opinion. Cheers!
@benny128 (3621)
22 Dec 09
business and pleasure are totally seperate issues, if it happens on work premises then fair enough if it happens in their own time then it has nothing to do with his/her work performance. They are all adults and are making the decision to have an affair then thats their business not the companies.