If your staffers are attending virtual meetings where they can create avatars — computer representations of themselves — you’d better remind them the company dress code is still in effect.
The technology of virtual meetings has really come a long way. Now, some companies are holding these sit-downs through a website called: Second Life. The site allows workers to create avatars of themselves to attend the meeting.
Problem: Some staffers — particularly the more immature ones — are choosing busty, scantily clad women as their avatars and creating some major headaches for their employers.
In fact, the problem is common enough that lawyers are offering advice on how to prevent it. Here’s what Peter Post, an attorney with Ogletree Deakins in Pittsburgh, recommends employers should add as language to their policies:
“Any computer-generated image, such as an avatar or other icon or symbol, used for any work-related purpose, shall look, act and speak as if in a professional business setting.”