Pornography in the Workplace

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 2:55 PM


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An Australian governmental body recently ruled that distributing hard-core pornography at work is grounds for dismissal, even if the employee hasn’t specifically been informed about such policies. According to them, knowing that distributing hard core pornography at work is unacceptable should be common sense.

We agree. Porn has no place in the workplace. It distracts from your real job and has the potential to offend your coworkers if they happen to see it. Additionally, you certainly shouldn’t send it to coworkers. It will distract them from their jobs and can get you in serious trouble for sexual harassment if they don’t want to see it.

The prevalence of NSFW (not safe for work) warnings on various websites should indicate that accessing sexually provocative content while at work is deemed inappropriate. This designation is not about moral preference. It’s about respect in and for professional, public settings. If you don’t know your company’s policy on pornography at work, it’s best to assume there are rules in place that discourage it.

Ultimately, you’re not being paid to look at pornography. You are being paid to work. So get to work.

I work for ContentWatch and all opinions are my own.