Whose ethics do contracted workers have to uphold?

And what about those employees’ ethical rights?

Today’s news, in the heels-versus-flats debacle at PWC, has given it a sharper point. When a temp receptionist through outsourcing firm Portico refused to buy high heels “2in to 4in high”, and asked if the same demand was placed on male colleagues, she was sent home without pay. 

Outsourcing and contracted employment creates some complex belonging challenges. Contracted employees – employed by one company to work at another – are a rapidly increasing proportion of the workforce. But does the employee belong to the contracting company (whose name is on the pay slip) or the company buying the contracted services (whose name is on the employee’s badge)?

And whose ethics and codes of standards do these employees need to uphold? The answer is probably both, and sometimes confusing.

If you’d like a little more clarity, give us a call. Always happy to chat through belonging challenges over tea and Jaffa cakes (you can wear sensible shoes, diamante slingbacks, or whatever you prefer)

London receptionist ‘sent home for not wearing heels’