While I was at ICICI – I tried my best to influence the Blogging and Wiki decisions being made. Yes, ICICI is in the works of blogging. But I think it will come after sometime especially given that its yearly closing and the website is also being looked at a rehaul. I made a small one page in terms of Blogging Policy for HR. Though the HR team never got time to read it – I am posting it hoping somebody else benefits from its use. (Clarification – They never got time to read it but will soon get there is what my office colleague Srinivas reassures me. As I pointed out – year closing appraisals etc really got to them. Just wanted to ensure there is no negative connotation)
I am just posting a sample blogging policy. Do remember to followup the links at the end of the post as this post is from the Cut-Copy-Post culture :-).
- Make it clear that the views expressed in the blog are yours alone and do not necessarily represent the views of your employer.
- Respect the company’s confidentiality and proprietary information.
- Ask your manager if you have any questions about what is appropriate to include in your blog.
- Be respectful to the company, employees, customers, partners, and competitors.
- Understand when the company asks that topics not be discussed for confidentiality or legal compliance reasons.
- Ensure that your blogging activity does not interfere with your work commitments.
Note another great to include your employees would be what Forrester describes about how IBM created its corporate blogging policy over the course of 10 days through the use of an employee wiki for soliciting input and edits.
Excerpt from an interview:
Is a policy enough? What happens when it’s broken?
Schwab: Establishing some sort of blogging policy or at least adding some language into employee agreements should suffice for most companies. Each organization will need to decide what the appropriate recourse is for not abiding by the ground rules (referenced Mark Jen). NOT having a policy in place will certainly make this more problematic for companies.
Can a company regulate an employee’s blog?
Schwab: Legally, there’s no basis for telling employees what they can and cannot blog about, as long as they’re not sharing company IP, breaking security law, etc. Companies can’t do anything to prohibit basic constitutional freedoms, however in instances where the employee is associating the employer’s brand with his or her own personal interests, then the company has grounds for taking action.
Links to follow if you seriously creating a policy (HR persons note this!)
- Blogging Policies of Companies
- IBM Bloggers policy – within the company blogs
- Corporate Policies compared
- Lack of Blogging policies
- Blogging can get you fired
- Resource for Corporate and Employee Blogging Policies
- Why Apple doesn’t have a blog policy
- Harvard Blogs policy
- Sun Blogging Policy