This could also be titled… “Do I just need a reality(realty) check?” – I’ll let you be the judge…
I work for a company (I know… Overstating the obvious) who has a couple of websites, some of which, actually face the public.
At a meeting the other day, the group I work in was informed we were having our picture taken as a group for the purpose of putting a “personal” face on our company. Now, all in all that’s a little misleading, It wasn’t sprung on us last minute, we were warned a little before hand (Informed we needed to be professionally dressed for the picture)
“Why would you have a problem with your picture being taken” you ask? Its a logical question after I posted the picture in my last post. I really don’t like my picture being taken, for every 100 pictures taken of me, I probably like 5, so beyond my personal vanity, which I’ll freely admit might be somewhat of a factor, I’m a little annoyed with the whole idea.
“It puts a public face on the company” they say? Does it? Does an image of those people that work there make you any more endeared to a company? No. Conversations with people make a company more personable.
“Your image is out there on the web already” That’s a fair argument, and I may not truly control all its context, so true. but that doesn’t make it right for my company to do it. I didn’t license my likeness to them when I signed employment papers? Someone actually said…”Then you can’t go to Disneyland/world either, cause using your ticket allows them to use your likeness and image” Well, No Shit Sherlock – (Please pardon the artistic use of language.) I have never been to a Disney themepark, but I hardly think they are in any way, shape, or form, a comparison to where I work. Seriously.
Finally, I have many images of my likeness, one of which is my favorite:
out on the web, for you all to enjoy, but it’s within the exercise of my enjoyment. Not to make my company more friendly. This is my brand. This is who I am.
All that being said. I voiced my objection. When the picture was being taken, after the picture was taken, and even not too long ago. The comment I receive is “Are you serious?” Why does that surprise people. Should it? Shouldn’t I have some control over the use of my picture/likeness/image/personality/marketability? Anything?
So that leads me to ask…. Am I being ridiculous?