“Few Employers Prepared for the Impact of Blogging”

We’ve discussed this topic before so it’s quite surprising that so few employers have published policies on blogging!

"Weblogs are booming, but the latest survey conducted by the Employment Law Alliance, a large network of employment and labor lawyers, is reporting that only about 15% of employers have specific policies addressing work-related blogging.

"It is estimated that as many as 5% of the American work force — millions of workers — are maintaining online personal diaries called blogs.

"’While employee-bloggers have some legal protection, blogs create substantial new issues for employers,’" said Kurt Sherwood, labor and employment attorney at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. "’It is the latest, complex workplace concern — beyond camera cell phones and employees downloading illegal music.’"

Note, IBM has created blogging guidelines. Has your firm or company?