Increasingly, employers are paying attention to what employees publish on their free time. If they feel that the supposedly personal comments of an employee are painting the company in a negative light, they're only too happy to take immediate action.
I thought it would be cool to cross over, so to speak, by writing about the world of blogging in my newspaper column.
Fingers burned at a mouse clickYour turn: Do you blog at and/or about work? Do you feel this puts your career at risk? Why/why not?
Published Thursday, July 27, 2006
The London Free Press
Every few months, the blogosphere – the virtual, online world of blogs and bloggers – kicks out a story about a blogger who made the mistake of writing about work and ended up getting fired.
The latest celebrity victim is Catherine Sanderson. Publishing anonymously on her blog, La Petite Anglaise, the British secretary took online potshots at her Paris accounting firm bosses. She never named names, but when her employers made the connection, they sent her packing.
She’s doing the usual things a fired blogger does: suing her ex-employer and making noise about a book deal. Don’t lose sleep over her future prospects.
This incident illustrates the discomfort most businesses have with employee bloggers who can easily air the company’s dirty laundry with a click of a mouse. Most firms simply fire them when there’s trouble.
This gives me pause, because I work full-time and maintain a blog. I carefully measure every word before publishing to avoid compromising my career.
Then again, global publicity and a book deal sound like a fun combination. Hmm…