Curious to hear if agencies publish classified ads for their employees - where the employee may announce items for sale to other employees. Our Communications dept. wants to provide this "service" to our employees. From an HR standpoint, I have some serious reservations. For a few reasons, such as a purchase of a "faulty item", the employee lists so many items that it becomes one person's garage sale; posting, responding, and the "sale" takes place on work time, taking away time spent on work (possibly a considerable amount), any negative sales transactions could affect employee and/or office morale, result in harrassment, violence, etc.
If you do allow workplace classified ads, do you have a policy? Any positive or negative workplace instances you might share? Weighing the pro's and con's -- would like to hear your thoughts.
We have had a "Want Ads" section on our intranet for at least 5 years and it hasn't been a problem at all. Our employees do appreciate it and we feel it eliminates the temptation to send advertisements out via agency e-mail. They can post the information themselves, along with pictures, or ask me to do it. I monitor it from time to time just to make sure there is nothing inappropriate on it and to remove outdated postings. We keep the following information posted on the site:
Thanks for the response, and the verbage you're using as well! Much appreciated!