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In Other News
Something I hadn't thunk about... I discussed career blogging in a previous entry, but I discovered today that someone had searched for my company and arrived at my blog! Epiphany! No matter what, if your blog is indexed and gets indexed with your company name in it, people can and may find you via the company info! Crazy... So, if my BLOG content reflects poorly on what my company feels is an unsatisfactory representation of its employees, I could get the boot... theoretically. I wonder what the legalities of this would be? Obviously if I "defame" my company on my blog, that would certainly be grounds for termination. But, if I'm simply myself on my personal blog and I perform my duties at work in a manner that meets my employer's expectations, where is the line?
At what point do I become such an important "representative icon" of my company that I have to diligently watch everything I do in life through their eyes? A good employee recognizes that they immediately become a reflection of their company when they are hired. Everyone realizes this as it relates to their work "on the clock". But, few people realize how much of an effect they have "off the clock". Whining about an employer with friends, family, and others has a tremendous effect on these people. A negative encounter with a customer at work may simply drive them to talk to someone else in the company, or go to another one of the company's offices / stores. But, a negative reflection to someone you trust is likely to kill any sales opportunities between that person and the company entirely.
Personal dignity and character are obvious to me, but yet some people take things more seriously than I do. At what point do I limit my own right to free speech with regard to how that speech reflects in the eyes of others who might make wrong assumptions about its intent or meaning?
I could blab about this all week. Free speech. Right to work states. Personal character and principles. Employer vs. Employee rights. The stages of company representation, both "on and off the clock". The list goes on and on...