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Conflict of Interest

We’re all responsible for creating a climate of trust and respect that promotes a productive work environment. To make sure associates can perform effectively and achieve their full potential, we should avoid conflicts of interest. That includes managing someone directly or indirectly with whom you have a family, romantic or dating relationship.

Personal Relationships with Other Associates

I supervise an associate who does odd jobs on the side. I would like to hire the associate to do some work at my home. Is this okay?

As a manager with direct reports, it’s important to remain objective regarding your associate’s work. This situation requires a manager to think through all of the potential issues and use good judgment. This particular situation could potentially create a real or perceived conflict of interest since the work done for you at home may appear to influence how you view your direct report at work. If you hire someone you supervise to do work on your home, the boundaries between work and personal life may become blurry and difficult to manage.

For instance, if you are not pleased with the outcome of the work, it could impact your perception of the associate. It may also appear to others that you are more lenient on that associate’s performance at work since the associate is doing work for you at your home. Finally, the associate may not want to do personal work for their manager for these same reasons but may feel obligated to do so.

Should I be friends with associates I supervise on social media sites?

You should use good judgment when it comes to your involvement with other associates on social media websites. Engaging in social media sites with associates you supervise can blur the lines between work and personal life and potentially create a real or perceived conflict of interest. This can make it difficult to remain fair and objective in your decision making at work. Any interaction should comply with the Walmart Social Media policy.

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