BLUF: have you ever had a situation where you knew something was wrong but could not put it into words?
A friend of mine was given 60 days notice in May. He used that time to finish up projects and look for a new job. He has not drawn a paycheck from his old company for at least a month. They have not turned off his e-mail and he still has access to it. I found this out when he recently forwarded an e-mail to me.
I called him to ask him why he is still checking that e-mail. He stated that he was checking so that he could forward anything important to whomever needed to get it. He also felt he could get some industry insight for his new job in this way as well.
I told him that since he was no longer employed by the company it was wrong, unethical and perhaps illegal to be reading those e-mails and he should have set up an out of office message when he got his last paycheck that would forward the messages to whoever is responsible now. He seems to feel that since the company left him with access to the account there is nothing wrong with him checking it.
During our conversation he wanted me to state some of the reasons why it was wrong. I was rather angry and just said 'is it really necessary to have this conversation, your 40 yrs old you should be able to figure out right from wrong'
Anyway, ethics and integrity is important to me. I would like to hear what others think of this issue. To M&M ethics would make a great podcast topic.