by J. Howard Daniel and Jeffrey P. Dunlaevy
Most organizations have comprehensive Internet, e-mail and electronic communications policies that spell out what's acceptable usage and what's not. But few employers have addressed a growing problem: the proliferation of employee Web logs, or "blogs."
Blogs typically take the form of an interactive online journal, with the host composing and uploading informal comments and opinions as well as publishing feedback from other participants.
While blogs run the gamut from political commentary to local gossip, a growing number of them target specific employers and their practices. Many large employers are the subject of multiple blogs and message boards, while smaller employers may be surprised to find out that local workplace issues can be broadcast to a worldwide audience. Employees themselves create some of those blogs.
Not surprisingly, employers have suspended or terminated b...(register to read more)