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Where is the line between your personal and professional lives?

Posted at 10:45 AM on July 14, 2009 by Julia Schrenkler

Today's Question is quite provocative... Should employers be able to regulate your personal life?

The Pentagon is considering a recommendation that it ban tobacco use among all members of the military. Likewise, professional sports teams routinely prohibit athletes from skiing, riding motorcycles or playing pick-up basketball due to risk of injury. Should employers be able to regulate your personal life?

The comments are interesting right off the bat. Nathan Affield wrote,

Intrusion into the private lives of employees should only exist when such behavior is related to the company.

for instance, if your position at a company puts you in the public? You represent that company, and have to reflect that.

If what you do doesn't effect the company you work for, then there's not need to regulate, is there?

Do you agree with Nathan? Is there a flip side to this issue? Should employers be able to expect employees not damage their brand or otherwise jeopardize a certain type of contract or investment?

Share your comments on Today's Question.

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