Blogging is getting more and more popular because it’s much easier to do than setting up a web site, publishing a web page and getting a domain name. To blog 1) it’s free and 2) anyone who can type can blog. There’s so many good things about blogging which I’ve covered and will continue to cover already. But the danger of blogging is when employees, contractors or others blog about your company.
There’s been several incidents where companies have had employees blog about other co-workers, about the on-the-job work and etc. For your current employees, interns, temporary staff and anyone else connected to you – would you mind if they blogged about your company?
If you have any reservation at all, it’s best to speak with a lawyer and see how you can speak with your employees and have them sign an agreement about blogging, if such an issue is not legally covered already.
The NY Times writes “The vast majority of organizations don’t have policies in place,” said Jennifer Schramm, a workplace trends and forecasting manager at the Society for Human Resource Management in Washington.
The group found last year that only 8 percent of the 404 human resource professionals it polled had blogging policies, while 85 percent did not. (The other 7 percent did not know.)
Ms. Schramm said that is just as bad for the employee as for the employer. “Right now it is tough for individuals to know what is happening because so few organizations have a clear policy about employee blogging,” she said.
Of course, as long as there have been managers and underlings, there have been disgruntled workers gabbing around the water cooler or over drinks at happy hour. E-mail and instant messages are merely a quicker way to say, “You wouldn’t believe what a jerk my boss is.”
Blogging takes the grumbling to another level, but one that makes sense when considering how much of it is going on out there. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, about 11 million people have created blogs at one time or another.
A blog and a job don’t necessarily have to clash, some bloggers say.
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