Blog at your own Risk

Filed under: — menk @ 1:09 pm

Now the big complaint from lots of clueless bloggers is that people are denigrating their jobs, co-workers or supervisors on their blogs and getting disaplined or fired for it. The right to free speech basically ensures that you will not be put in jail for exercising free speech but it doesn’t ensure that your employer will continue to employ you if you bad mouth your workplace.

If you fail to understand the difference between your right to speak your mind and the employers right to expect you to favorably reflect on the company as an employee you could well join the ranks of ex-google, ex-delta, and ex-newspaper employees who have been terminated for their negative and inappropriate comments.

The lesson here is don’t expect the first amendment to protect you if you exercise poor judgement on topics for your blog. Vent about your job and employer to your spouse but not to the world wide web!

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