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Posted 2/18/16
Hello Everyone! I wanted to get a general opinion of keeping a photo wall of your co-workers at work. They're basically just portrait head-shots of all the employees. My boss can't seem to find the time to go around our department and "get to know" everyone, so he likes to have photos to make sure. If the employee won't cooperate, he'll take them from FB or a database on campus.

Is this totally creepy? I ask, because I am the one who has to ask people to take their photos... and I feel really creepy doing it!! Yikes!
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That sounds super creepy imo
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If he doesn't have the time to get to know everybody so he does this and the employee is cool with it, I don't think it's necessarily creepy. Seems more like an effort so he can at least recognize them. If the employee doesn't want to cooperate though, and he gets their pictures from other sources...: creep status.
Just my opinion though
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I'd say "Neigh", but that's a horse of a different color...
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It works out if its up on a wall around the lunch room our something like that. it can be a conversation starter for people as well plus the added laughs people well get out of it
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I can't say I agree with using someone's facebook photo's against the will of said person.
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I don't see that there is anything wrong with having employees submit to have their photo taken for work. Almost nowhere can you work anonymously or wearing a mask be acceptable. Having a photo taken of you at work for work isn't much different.

However, taking someone's private photos like from Facebook feels like a breech of privacy, but hey that's Facebook. It's already redefining what privacy is and partly why I refuse to use it.
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kaytikloudkicker wrote:

Hello Everyone! I wanted to get a general opinion of keeping a photo wall of your co-workers at work. They're basically just portrait head-shots of all the employees. My boss can't seem to find the time to go around our department and "get to know" everyone, so he likes to have photos to make sure. If the employee won't cooperate, he'll take them from FB or a database on campus.

Is this totally creepy? I ask, because I am the one who has to ask people to take their photos... and I feel really creepy doing it!! Yikes!


Where do you work at? Well he might get it off facebook depending each workers settings. The database on campus not likely to happen. School campus are very protective on other people taking photos of their students. For my vote your boss should make the time in visiting everybody. It can be short. Hell, my boss does it all the time.
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kaytikloudkicker wrote:

Hello Everyone! I wanted to get a general opinion of keeping a photo wall of your co-workers at work. They're basically just portrait head-shots of all the employees. My boss can't seem to find the time to go around our department and "get to know" everyone, so he likes to have photos to make sure. If the employee won't cooperate, he'll take them from FB or a database on campus.

Is this totally creepy? I ask, because I am the one who has to ask people to take their photos... and I feel really creepy doing it!! Yikes!


Where do you work at? Well he might get it off facebook depending each workers settings. The database on campus not likely to happen. School campus are very protective on other people taking photos of their students. For my vote your boss should make the time in visiting everybody. It can be short. Hell, my boss does it all the time.


I work at a University, and the pictures are of staff and student employees. He is the Vice Chancellor and is thus very busy. I have been debating about whether to approach him about this... I'm not sure whether it's appropriate to include in my job description. The photo wall is up in his office, which is usually open-door, but... it's also his personal office where lots of official meetings take place.
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ghidorah1954 wrote:

If he doesn't have the time to get to know everybody so he does this and the employee is cool with it, I don't think it's necessarily creepy. Seems more like an effort so he can at least recognize them. If the employee doesn't want to cooperate though, and he gets their pictures from other sources...: creep status.
Just my opinion though


Honestly, I agree the most with your post here. There have been several employees that seemed "coerced", but one employee that stood up to the idea. She REALLY didn't want it done! So... he took her picture from the in-house database, where we take pictures for security cards. The student employees really are the ones that we get from FB... they are the hardest to track down and ask in person.
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Posted 2/18/16 , edited 2/18/16

kaytikloudkicker wrote:


paul25454 wrote:


kaytikloudkicker wrote:

Hello Everyone! I wanted to get a general opinion of keeping a photo wall of your co-workers at work. They're basically just portrait head-shots of all the employees. My boss can't seem to find the time to go around our department and "get to know" everyone, so he likes to have photos to make sure. If the employee won't cooperate, he'll take them from FB or a database on campus.

Is this totally creepy? I ask, because I am the one who has to ask people to take their photos... and I feel really creepy doing it!! Yikes!


Where do you work at? Well he might get it off facebook depending each workers settings. The database on campus not likely to happen. School campus are very protective on other people taking photos of their students. For my vote your boss should make the time in visiting everybody. It can be short. Hell, my boss does it all the time.


I work at a University, and the pictures are of staff and student employees. He is the Vice Chancellor and is thus very busy. I have been debating about whether to approach him about this... I'm not sure whether it's appropriate to include in my job description. The photo wall is up in his office, which is usually open-door, but... it's also his personal office where lots of official meetings take place.


Okay then. Don't need to know your job description not important for this. After reading that, yes he can take photos from campus he is allow. Since he is that busy I can understand that and would say not creepy at all. However; I think your boss should make an announcement and tell everybody what he wants to do.
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Honestly, it depends what type of job you have. If you have a job where you need to have your picture distributed to customers then yes, you should cooperate. If you don't want your picture taken from FB then you shouldn't have used FB. I never used it so good luck finding a picture of me.
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Honestly, it depends what type of job you have. If you have a job where you need to have your picture distributed to customers then yes, you should cooperate. If you don't want your picture taken from FB then you shouldn't have used FB. I never used it so good luck finding a picture of me.


It's for his private use, to "get to know" the people that work for him.
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kaytikloudkicker wrote:


Khaltazar wrote:

Honestly, it depends what type of job you have. If you have a job where you need to have your picture distributed to customers then yes, you should cooperate. If you don't want your picture taken from FB then you shouldn't have used FB. I never used it so good luck finding a picture of me.


It's for his private use, to "get to know" the people that work for him.


The only thing I can say is tell him you are uncomfortable with it and you would rather him not do that. If he refuses, you can always quit. I never do anything I don't want. Also, is this a small company or do you have a HR department? I'm sure HR will take some action. If you're making a good amount of money and like the job and can't get him to not do it then you either stay and accept his terms or quit. Do you want to work with someone who is making you uncomfortable to come to work though?
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Khaltazar wrote:


kaytikloudkicker wrote:


Khaltazar wrote:

Honestly, it depends what type of job you have. If you have a job where you need to have your picture distributed to customers then yes, you should cooperate. If you don't want your picture taken from FB then you shouldn't have used FB. I never used it so good luck finding a picture of me.


It's for his private use, to "get to know" the people that work for him.


The only thing I can say is tell him you are uncomfortable with it and you would rather him not do that. If he refuses, you can always quit. I never do anything I don't want. Also, is this a small company or do you have a HR department? I'm sure HR will take some action. If you're making a good amount of money and like the job and can't get him to not do it then you either stay and accept his terms or quit. Do you want to work with someone who is making you uncomfortable to come to work though?


This is a great company, and wonderful University. I do have an HR department, and I thought about asking them as well. I don't particularly want to quit, but some of the senior members of staff enforce the idea with "it's been there forever." I don't particularly want to work here if he is enforcing policies that make me uncomfortable. I always have the option of working somewhere else.
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