I read an article today about the increase in employee blogs that is occuring and the resultant need companies feel to creat policies controlling employee use of blogs. Certainly issues arise as employees make statements about companies, policies, procedures, bosses, fellow employees, secret information, etc. Control becomes an issue. Many employees feel they have a right to free speech, a right however, that really only applies to actions of the government and the person, not what an employee can or cannot say about a company.
Some companies encourage blogs and put few guidelines on their use. Others try to control information that may be deemed defamatory or reveal secret information. Others may try to forbid their use entirely.
What has been your experience with blogs… either as a blogger or as an HR professional in dealing with bloggers?