Blogging phobia hits employers

Instead of banning it, use it to your advantage
By Annie Massey
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/26/2005

Employees taking liberties with company information and reputation in their web logs (blogs) have led to a few highly publicized dismissals — and a heightened sense of alarm among some employers.

In the first wave of response to these stories, some employers have scrambled to blog-proof their organizations. Such a response was quickly followed by the realization that trying to ban blogs in the workplace is as futile as trying to ban water-cooler chats or personal phones calls.

Employers should consider two questions: Can they ensure that employees use blogs appropriately? How can blogs be used within the workplace?