Would You Fire an Employee for Outsourcing His Work?

Resourceful or dishonest? An employee outsources his job to China for 20 percent of his salary.
Getting Small Businesses Unstuck, Shafran Moltz Group
January 22, 2013

CNN reported that "Bob," an anonymous Verizon programmer, had “outsourced” his work to a Chinese firm for 20 percent of his salary. The employee sent his RSA token to China so the contractor could log in as him during the work day.

As a small-business owner, would you applaud the employee for his resourcefulness or fire him for his security breach? Unfortunately, “Bob” used his new free time to watch cat videos and log onto Facebook and eBay, not to get more work done at his company.

In 4 Hour Workweek, author Tim Ferris writes that personal outsourcing is an excellent way to increase productivity. In this particular case, he said that his book “is about maximizing your per-hour output—increasing personal effectiveness. It's about creating abundance and not about screwing your employer." 

Perhaps Bob outsourcing his own work to China wasn’t the smartest way to show he was valuable in his job.

What would you do?

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Getting Small Businesses Unstuck, Shafran Moltz Group