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my coworker introduced intercourse employees again to our lodge on a enterprise journey — Ask a Supervisor

A reader writes:

I went on a piece journey with my group — me, my supervisor, and some coworkers — to Mexico. On the final evening there (previous to our 4 a.m. flight the subsequent morning), all of us had a bit an excessive amount of to drink. After hauling some coworkers again to their rooms, one coworker and I went again all the way down to the foyer to search out one other coworker checking in two intercourse employees to his lodge room. I’m not sure if my supervisor is conscious he did this.

Do I’ve to report this? To my supervisor? To HR? To our nameless ethics line?

We reside in a rustic the place prostitution is unlawful, however after a fast google search it appears like it’s authorized within the Mexico. I’m probably not towards prostitution, however on condition that this occurred on a piece journey, at a work-paid lodge, I simply really feel type of squeamish. And realizing the coworker has household at residence, it grosses me out. His household life is none of my enterprise and he can do what he needs on his personal time, which makes me suppose to only depart this lie. However then the very fact this was a piece journey makes me pause. What’s the most moral factor to do?

I believe you’ll be able to depart it alone.

It’s gross on a number of totally different fronts, and it’s unhealthy judgment on a piece journey the place coworkers are close by (and, as on this case, might find yourself witnessing it) and when your organization is paying to your lodge room — and that’s why you’re feeling squeamish about it — however I don’t suppose you’re ethically required to report it to anybody.

A part of what makes this gross is that he wasn’t extra discreet about it; he ought to have cared extra about guaranteeing that his coworkers — who he knew have been staying in the identical lodge and have been coming residence round that point — didn’t witness it. It seems like forcing undesirable details about his intercourse life on you, regardless that that presumably wasn’t his intent.

However in the end I take a look at it this manner: It’s not that nobody can ever have intercourse in a lodge room paid for by their firm. (In any case, when you met up with an outdated flame on a enterprise journey or introduced your partner alongside, that wouldn’t be anybody’s enterprise.) And intercourse work does look like authorized and controlled in lots of elements of Mexico.

When you have been the man’s boss, my response could be totally different. If I noticed an worker doing this, I’d pull them apart later and have a dialog about their judgment and discretion on enterprise journeys (and admittedly would depend on the embarrassment of getting to have that dialog with one’s boss to do a whole lot of the work of guaranteeing it didn’t occur once more).

However in any other case, it’s gross however not one thing you’re obligated to report. (With the plain caveat that you probably have a particular ethics coverage that claims in any other case, you must comply with that.)

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