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Dec 21, 2009 10:01 am

Employees at Bank of America have to conform to a strange beard policy set in place by the bank.


They can have a beard or they can be clean-shaven, but they are not allowed to grow a beard while employed at B of A (BAC). It's in the employee handbook. 


One guy found out after he already had made plans to grow a beard.


"You can't grow a beard here," his friend said. "It's against the rules."


So the guy took a week off and came back with a beard.


Perhaps this is also the real reason Ken Lewis took time off earlier this year and came back with a beard.


But what about the kind of guy that might need longer than a week?


The policy does leave a few questions unanswered. What if it's facial hair for charity? Like Movember (a mustache in November), a popular stint to raise money for prostate cancer.


Presumably the beard policy is in place so that BAC can hire people with beards; they don't discriminate against the bearded. Also, straggly facial hair is not the best-looking, so they (and clients) don't have to look at it.


But why some mandatory grooming is understood and some is not, we leave to the BAC handbook writers. No doubt they have a great story that starts with an errant patch of hair.

Dec 21, 2009 2:10 pm

This is sort of an unwritten rule on Wall St (although BAC seems to have taken it a step further).  It makes sense.  You don't want your client reps rolling into meetings with 5 days of stubble.  Guys usually grow beards over the vacation breaks.  

Dec 21, 2009 6:41 pm

Thanks for the chuckle, mlgone.

Personally, I think Ken would look good sporting a soul patch.

Dec 21, 2009 7:38 pm

Everybody's doing it..What's the problem? Stay thirsty my friends!

Dec 21, 2009 7:39 pm

Dec 21, 2009 8:00 pm


 
If you're hooking up with a c***tail waitress, this is how you do it.
Nobody's the wiser. A "lesson in discretion" for the rest of us. 
Dec 21, 2009 8:04 pm

I promise I'll stop.

Dec 21, 2009 8:50 pm

This was ( a long time ago) SOP, either clean or beard at most all companies. Facial scruff/ beard in progress was taboo.  Personally, I hate the perma scruff look on some of the twenty somethings floating around our office.  

Dec 21, 2009 9:38 pm





John 3:17    Jesus said 'Never let govt run healthcare, Im warming the planet; don't flatter yourself. Supply side is blessed by the father.   Oh yes, love thy neighbor too"

Dec 22, 2009 8:16 am
Shania Twain:





John 3:17    Jesus said 'Never let govt run healthcare, Im warming the planet; don't flatter yourself. Supply side is blessed by the father.   Oh yes, love thy neighbor too"



  Amen!

Dec 22, 2009 2:14 pm
KensLoveChild:
Shania Twain:





John 3:17    Jesus said 'Never let govt run healthcare, Im warming the planet; don't flatter yourself. Supply side is blessed by the father.   Oh yes, love thy neighbor too"

Amen!







Thank you, my son.

    

go in peace.     



get long.    im bullish on stocks (the father is way long BRIC's)



(an yea, dont forget the love thy neighbor part) (ps and NOT in the tiger woods way)

Dec 22, 2009 2:43 pm
mlgone:




Son, are you making fun of my hair?

Dec 22, 2009 2:54 pm





messing with me isnt smart.

Dec 23, 2009 6:41 am

I am completely shaven...everywhere.

Dec 23, 2009 8:21 am
Winston Smith:

I am completely shaven...everywhere.





dude

Dec 23, 2009 12:56 pm

What? Where am I? Sorry.