This story has been flying around the media world for the last few days and has sparked a lot of debate. an American veteran has been suspended from his job at a hospital for having “god bless America on his email signature.
Boots Hawks served as an Army soldier for 20 years, before retiring and taking a job at Dameron Hospital, where he has been for the last 10 years. Earlier this month, Hawks was called in to see his superviser and asked to remove the phrase from his email signature, he complied and removed it before he sent any more emails. The very next day Hawks was told that he had been placed on leave for “insubordination” – just days before veterans day!
Since then, the hospital has agreed to restore the lost pay from when Hawks was on leave and said he would not be punished. But hospital officials still insist that Hawks refrain from including “God bless America” in his email signature.
This situation brings up a great discussion, should employees have control of their email signatures? A lot of companies are using software such as Crossware Mail Signature to maintain consistency in the messages that employees have on their signatures. Even companies with strict policies regarding email signatures struggle with consistency, it only takes one unprofessional email to destroy a company’s brand image. This is exactly what has happen with Dameron Hospital, they don’t have anything against religion, it is just unprofessional for an organisation to be sending random messages and quotes from it’s employees.
This story has sparked conversation and debate all over the world, I would love to hear your thoughts – comment below.