Laurie Ruettimann and I presented on "Pop Culture, Politics, and HR" at last weekend's HREvolution Conference.
One of the questions that we posed to the audience was, "what would you do if you learned your employee is a birther?" The tilt of the question was to see whether political, let alone radical, views would affect your perception of the employee's ability to get things done. Would you trust him or her to handle a crucial negotiation or sale based on this initial fact? The general consensus by the audience was that if the employee demonstrated an ability to defend a position with reason, and they have shown a history of good judgment otherwise, they would trust him or her to handle their business. Also impacting the decision was an employee's sales record.
So, with that as prologue, is there a fact you could learn about an employee or colleague that would cause you to pull a 180 on your perception of him or her? Member of the John Birch Society? KKK? Loves the song "Cotton Eyed Joe" or Rick Astley?
What have you?