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What should HR do when a manager badmouths the company online?

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Question: “One of our employees was searching around on MySpace and found the personal page of one of our managers. On it, the manager writes, “I work at (he named our business), and my job sucks.” The employee reported it to upper management. Three questions: Is it wrong for management to confront the manager? Can his comments be in any way considered slander? What, if anything, should HR do about it?” — Linda


Not everything on the internet is fact: someone other than the manager could have created the MySpace site intending to get the manager in trouble. There probably is no way of proving who posted the comment.

The manager's supervisor should meet with the manager to open a line of communication to determine whether the content of the website could have been posted by him/her. There could possibly be a problem that needs to be addressed; or it could have ...(register to read more)

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