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Today was training day. It was an orientation to an organization that I've been working for since 2004 (add another year if you count co-ops). I have to say that I did learn some things, and others that I hoped to learn but didn't. Ah well. I always knew that blogging could be a risky business. I've heard of people being fired for blogging about the org they worked and their bosses weren't happy about those details surfacing. I didn't really feel that this applied to me in the fact that as long as I was somewhat professional on this blog, I'd be fine. Apparently it's a bit more formal than that.
"Employees violate their duty of loyalty if they engage in public criticism or act in a way that is detrimental to their employer’s legitimate business interests."from section 5.6 of of A loyal and non-partisan public service: a legal requirement. Huh - "public criticism". So, for example a public blog post saying that I don't like the new government's policy of painting the roses red would be a violation of my duty of loyalty. This is pretty tricky because of the government is involved in so much and at some point they are going to do something that will piss me off.
That's what I use this blog for! For ranting, for formulating arguments, for documenting what's going on in my life as it's happening. Now, I can't see myself publicly criticizing my employer and having that fall under my own definition of professional behaviour, but this is going to make me even more cautious.
One of the guy's at my table today knows a guy that was (recently?) fired for blogging something critical. I'm not sure what he was blogging, or when (from his workstation?) but it really brings it home. You know, that I know a guy that knows a guy who it happened to. I've heard stories of people having criminal convictions against them for stealing stuff from work and they still weren't fired. But let this be a warning to you all. You can tell people that you read online about a guy who knows a guy who was fired for blogging or something - and they'll believe you.Posted by jim at May 17, 2011 09:05 PM