Matt Lauer’s legacy at NBC now includes a set of incredibly strict social rules the media company put in place to prevent any future sexual harassment. A source told Page Six that new rules were issued to employees detailing everything from the correct way to hug to where to take vegans out to eat.
“Romantic relationships at work are not exactly unusual, but now NBC says it is taking a zero-tolerance approach. Staffers have been told that if they find out about any affairs, romances, inappropriate relationships or behavior in the office, they have to report it to human resources, their superior or the company anti-harassment phone line. Staffers are shocked that they are now expected to snitch on their friends.“
“Plus, there’s been a series of ridiculous rules issued on other office conduct. One rule relates to hugging. If you wish to hug a colleague, you have to do a quick hug, then an immediate release, and step away to avoid body contact.“
“Also there’s strict rules about socializing, including [not] sharing taxis home and [not] taking vegans to steakhouses.“
NBC’s new ‘Matt Lauer Rules’ are undoubtedly frustrating for current employees, now scrutinized on how they hug, where they eat, and who they travel with. Apparently, they’re no longer trusted to work alongside the opposite sex without harassing someone.
These strict guidelines come less than a month after NBC announced it would require employees to attend anti-sexual harassment training.