8 April 2017

Hafiz Adewuyi

Caught watching porn in a Lagos office

Adams Oshiomole (A Nigerian politician), purportedly receiving a blowjob from a woman in bikinis

That up there (the uncensored version) is the picture which hit me the moment I opened my office Whatsapp group last Friday afternoon. I just could not believe my eyes. This has got to be the most eventful occurrence around me this year. The poster of the picture (let's call him Staff) is not in my address book. So, the first thing I did was click the number on the post which led me to his Whatsapp profile and fortunately, he had a DP. Yahoo!

It took a while after this before anyone else posted anything on the group. I guess that like me, everyone else was shocked and just decided to pretend that nothing had happened. In fact, as soon as I confirmed the identity of this hapless staff, I deleted the picture from my Whatsapp thread. A colleague also reached me ( a group admin) to see if I could delete the picture centrally, so as to limit the spread. Unfortunately, Whatsapp does not have that feature.

The next post in the group was that of my second-line manager who is functionally the most senior staff on the Whatsapp group. The post said: "Staff, you will be sanctioned for this". Then addressing Staff's first-line supervisor, "Manager, write him a query immediately".  When I saw this, I combusted in fury from right where I was seated.

My thoughts

I get it, manager. You're shocked. I know how you feel.

  • But Staff did not ask to be in this group in the first place. He's in this group because company authority mandates him to be in the name of god-knows-what-bullshit
  • Obviously, this was an accident. He was clearly not trying to delight us with a shocking photoshopped picture of Oshiomole receiving a blowjob
  • Isn't the embarrassment and social ridicule from 100+ colleagues whom he will have to deal with on a daily basis already enough punishment for him?
  • When you sanction him, what exactly would you be punishing him for? Having an obscene picture on his phone? Do you agree with me that this was an accident? If you do and then argue with me that it's because this occurred during office hours when he should have been focused on work, then I would ask you to answer sincerely if your reaction would have been any different had this happened outside of work hours, or even on a weekend
  • He did not opt into this group in the first place! In a more structured environment, I'm sure there would be a T&C guiding the reaction to such a mishap
Let's face it. You're just responding instinctively to shock. I acknowledge your shock. I'm also shocked and you have a right to be shocked and to react to shock. But you're management for a reason. You're expected to be an expert at making good decisions. Take a step back and think about it. What if the victim of this mistake was someone who was more dear to your heart than Staff is? Is this the same way you would have reacted?


P.S.
What do you think? Let me know, especially if you think my tendency towards forgiveness in this scenario is too liberal.

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