Blogging Policies at Work

Speaking of the employment at will rule, (see post directly below), here’s an excerpt from the New York Times about blogging policies at work.

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.

The article goes on to describe how some have bloggers have decided to tone down their blogs, write about subjects other than work, or blogged anonymously. The article also describes how some employees simply don’t care about blogging policies – even if fired, they’ve gone on to make much more money because of the notoriety derived from blogging.

[Hat-Tip: Josh Rosenberg]

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