Word to the wise; if you’re carrying anything with your company logo on it, wearing anything with your company logo on it, or are well known enough to be associated with your company, your behavior needs to be upstanding and professional at all times.
Flashback to last week when I was traveling back to my hometown Chicago from Las Vegas. Hewlett-Packard’s national convention was last week in Las Vegas as well and the airport on Friday was full of HP employees wearing HP shirts, carrying HP backpacks and some carrying what appeared to be ‘executive’ HP briefcases. I knew they had their convention as they happened to be staying at the same hotel as myself. And it was a large convention. You don’t get to have a private concert with Paul McCartney if you’re not a big player if you know what I mean.
While standing in line to board my flight, I was literally pushed out of the way by two men from HP as they decided they could board ahead of me. A little history here; I’m what you call an ‘elite flyer’ with my airline. I am allowed to board in the very first grouping immediately after active military personnel in uniform. I guess these men didn’t think I had that status, even though I was in the elite line. As I stood there with my HP laptop in my briefcase, I have to admit I didn’t feel all that good about HP at the time.
Two men behind me in line were appalled at how the men had barged passed me. One said, “I apologize for my gender.” The other, an HP employee based upon his shirt logo, went further in saying, “They had no right to push you, or anyone for that matter, out of the way to board the plane. After all, it’s not going anywhere till we are all on board.”
Listen up everyone. Next time you’re in public, pay attention to your behavior. People are definitely watching.