Employee Blogs: To Permit or Prevent?

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq.

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq.

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq., owner of Ask The Business Lawyer, is an award-winning business attorney, speaker, and Entrepreneur Magazine online contributor. She saves consulting and professional services companies time, money, and aggravation by serving as their outsourced legal counsel.

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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