Blogging About The Workplace Is Risky

    May 25, 2007

Blogging about the company you work for can land you in trouble and according to a survey from human resources firm Croner, conducted by YouGov found that 39 percent of bloggers admitted to posting damaging commentary about their workplace.

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Blogging About The Workplace Is Risky

Some companies are now providing guidelines on employee blogging policy to protect against negative or sensitive disclosures. The recent case of Petite Anglaise, an English secretary dismissed from her job in France for writing about her employer in her journal points out that a structured approach is needed.

Croner recommends businesses explore the impact blogging could have on their reputation.

"An employee can sound off about his bad day at work on a blog without fully considering the impact such a posting may have," said Croner’s Gillian Dowling.

"If there is a negative impact on the organization’s corporate image which is so serious that it breaches the implied term of mutual trust and confidence, the employee could be dismissed for gross misconduct.

"The blog could also be evidence of other conduct issues or reveal workplace discrimination or bullying."