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Caught Boss Watching Porn

Q: George walked in on his boss watching porn on his phone, after hours, in his own office. He feels uncomfortable, so he called Cooper and Anthony to ask, should he report it to HR?

A: No. absolutely not, especially if he’s a good boss, as you say and has no other issues. You don’t want him to have that on his record, and he wasn’t doing anything on the company computer or on company time. He was on his own phone in his own office and thought he was in private…. and people have stressful days and blow off steam in loads of ways. 

You also don’t know if he was watching something a friend sent or he was looking at it in some other context. You have no way of knowing. But i do think you should  say, “I get it but you’re lucky it was me that caught you ….if one of the female staff walked in, you’d be fired. Thats sexual harassment under the current guidelines of compliance and at a minimum they could say you created a hostile work environment, even in your own office.”

That’s a way to lose your job fast in some companies. Boss or no boss. 

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If this ever happens to you. Here’s what to do:

  1. Stay calm and composed: It’s important to maintain your composure and avoid any immediate reactions or judgments. Take a deep breath and collect your thoughts before proceeding.
  2. Exit discreetly: If possible, leave the area quietly without drawing attention. You don’t want to embarrass your boss or yourself further by making a scene.
  3. Maintain professionalism: Treat the situation with professionalism and respect. Remember that everyone has their personal preferences and it’s important to be respectful of boundaries.
  4. Seek support: If you feel uncomfortable or unsure about how to handle the situation, consider discussing it with a trusted colleague, the boss himself or a mentor before going directly to an HR representative. They can provide guidance and support to navigate through this situation appropriately but they will have to take action so decide if that’s what you want them to do.
  5. Address the issue yourself: Depending on the circumstances, you may need to address the incident. If it directly affects your work environment or makes you feel uncomfortable, schedule a private meeting with your boss or an appropriate supervisor to express your concerns. Approach the conversation tactfully and focus on how it impacts your professional relationship and the work environment.

Remember, each situation may vary, and it’s crucial to rely on your judgment to determine the most appropriate course of action based on your workplace dynamics and company policies.