A couple of weeks ago, I riffed on the difficulties of maintaining a balance between enforcing your non-solicitation policy and not being a buzzkill as a HR person. The line is even more important based on the recent NLRB decision related to email.
Last week I was walking to the school bus stop with my son and did a quick check of my blackberry. Guess what was waiting on me? That's right, a blast email solicitation from someone I know asking me to buy Girl Scout cookies. Oddly enough, I have never received one of these from an employee in a company I work for. I guess those that blast the emails away are probably smart enough not to copy HR people on their marketing blasts.
Still, I didn't recognize the name and had a momentary increase in my heart rate wondering if one of our employees had used the "All Employees" distribution list to conduct their marketing campaign. After further review, it was someone outside the company, but they were using their work email to conduct the campaign, including a bunch of people at their company. So that's someone else's problem to deal with.
Message appears below with names and email address changed to protect the guilty... Plus if you ever want to mix it up with the non-solicitation policy, it's a nice template, good product positioning...
Once again people, verbal/casual conversations GOOD, email and bulletin board postings BAD when it comes to ye old Non-Solicitation Policy.... HR people like organizations like the Girl Scouts, but trust me - 70% of all the people who got this email didn't want it.....
From: Smith, Rhonda [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 10:58 PM
To: List removed by KD
Subject: Girl Scout Cookie ordering time is here!!!
If you haven't placed an order with a Girl Scout, please consider ordering from my daughter, Sally.
The cookies are $3 per box and payment due upon delivery the week of 2/11/08 - just in time for Valentine's Day!!! For those of us dieting...these do well in the freezer for very long periods of time...hint...hint...
Your choice of cookies are:
Thin Mints: The most enduring and universally familiar Girl Scout cookie. These round, mint-flavored cookies covered with dark chocolate perennially sell the most boxes of any cookie. Thin Mints have never changed their name. Little Brownie Bakers and ABC Bakers both make Thin Mints.
<List Ended early by KD - 9 other choices were listed, all with pictures.....>
Please let me know if you want to place and order and thank you in advance for your support for Sally and Troop 745!