Employee Blogs: To Permit or Prevent?

Posted on December 3, 2013 in Employee Issues, IP & Social Media

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Faster than a rolling O.  Stronger than silent E“—that’s the pace at which information (and misinformation) flies around in cyberspace.

Even worse is when something written about you/your company comes back to slap you in the face like a coconut cream pie.

In his post, “Should Personal Blogs Be Allowed and Permitted by Employers,” Kirk Noel Narrows outlines the essential conundrum in letting employees blog:  You don’t want to be known as the self-preservationist ogre who stifled self-expression, but you must protect your company from damaging employee blogs.

He goes on to say:
Would it not be smarter from the very start to have clear policy procedures in place , including a signed non-disclosure document, clearly listing rules, proceedings and a time line after leaving the employer? Large corporations do this as a simple matter of routine. Should not this be your established pattern as well ?

I couldn’t agree more.  Far easier to set the boundaries at the beginning with a new hire than try to change horses midstream.

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