Thinking about sending that racist joke around the office? Are you crazy?
Today, the internet is abuzz with another bonehead move by someone who should have known better. Bruce Levenson, future-former-owner of the Atlanta Hawks apparently didn't get the memo.
While I have no idea whether Bruce is a racist, or whether he deserves to lose his NBA team, I know this. If you think that your emails are safe from unintended recipients, you are wrong. Emails are very easy to forward...so if your personal emails would make you look bad in the public eye, you shouldn't be sending it.
13 years ago, I was at a bar at a company function. I walked up to my CEO who was having an engaging conversation with a gentleman that I will refer to as “Joe S”.
As I walked up, I watched Joe get all animated…this guy was a talker.
“So I open up this email video that my buddy sent me, and it is of a woman and a donkey.”
“So, do you want me to send it to you”, asks Joe.
Not sure where Joe works now. True story. Not kidding.
1. E-mail is not your friend. People send a lot of things, and a lot of it is NSFW. Try not to read it, and NEVER forward it.
2. If your boss sends this stuff out, you do not have permission to send it out.
3. Think two steps ahead. Someone sends you a joke which may be offensive. You send it out to your buddy. Your buddy sends it out to 25 of his closest friends. One of those friends is a prospect, and is offended. He looks up the email trail, and sees it originated from you. Good job.
4. You can always send stuff from your private email, but I have always found that racist, sexist, porn and other off color humor is usually something I don’t want my name attached to.