your employer can wipe your phone clean, American bosses, and more by Alison Green on January 31, 2014 A few miscellaneous things — 1. Your employer might be able to wipe your phone clean … remotely Here’s an disturbing Wall St. Journal article about how if you use your own cell phone for work, your company may have the right to remotely wipe your phone. A scary excerpt: A former employee of Hopkinton, Mass.-based cloud-computing firm EMC Corp.EMC +0.12% who requested anonymity said his phone was wiped a few years ago after he was terminated for not hitting sales quotas. The employee started the job without a smartphone, and EMC didn’t provide one, but he said he was missing late-night notices of meeting changes and other important information, so he purchased an Android device. On midnight of the day he was terminated, the phone went blank. “I was completely surprised,” he said. “I know it’s so they can protect their data assets, but if that’s such an important policy, we shouldn’t be mixing business with personal.” He has no memory of signing a release or user agreement, though he concedes that a dialogue box may have appeared when he first connected to EMC’s server “and like everyone else, I was like ‘OK, check.'” 2. Cultural workplace differences A reader sent me this interesting clip about cultural differences in the workplace. She writes: “It’s a staged conversation between an American boss and a Danish employee intended to show how the high-energy and relatively authoritarian American style clashes with the low-key and egalitarian Danish style. The gist of the conversation is that the American boss is informing the Danish employee that he will be relocating to a department based in another city, while the Danish employee is blindsided because he expects to get a say in such a decision. The clip was created by a Danish consulting company that has many years of experience teaching Danes and foreigners how to work together without tension.” The American manager in the clip is pretty horrifically repugnant, and I don’t think at all representative of most American managers — but I’m sure there’s truth in the style conflict that’s presented, even if it’s caricatured here. 3. Miss Manners on gifts for your boss Since questions about giving gifts to managers have come up frequently here, you might be interested to see Miss Manners tackled it earlier this week, in response to a question about a manager who received a gift from an employee just minutes before firing him. 4. “Ask the readers” posts Thanks to a suggestion from a reader, we now have an “ask the readers” category in the archives, where you’ll find all past “ask the readers” posts. You may also like:our European clients are sneering at my American colleagues’ table mannersmy favorite posts of 2014how can I tell my coworkers their Halloween costumes are racist?