I wanted to add my piece today on an issue affecting organisations at the moment.
There has been plenty of comment in the media, see Iain Dale for a fine example here,
The issue raises a point for the modern business community as well as for the Free Speech/No speech that is discussed elsewhere. Notably;
- What should companies do when faced with external harrassement on issues of staff behaviour out of hours?
I am worried that the state in the past few years has sought to increase regulations on companies and with the increase in discrimination legislation has led to a more politically correct view of people's behaviour out of office hours.
Another example that springs to mind is the teached who was sacked for standing as a BNP council candidate.
We need to row back this attitude, people should be free to express themselves as they wish and not be worried by threats to their job out of hours. Even the courts will recognise this sometimes. Sales execs who lose their driving licenses are often reprieved by a judge if they say it threatens their career. This is far more extreme so how in Inigo's case can a company reasonably get rid of someone for publishing a blog which made no direct reference to the company. This is an issue for companies to stand up to, they need to ignore the advice coming from the HR departments and stick to their guns in syaing what employees do in their own time is none of thier business. The alternative is an orwellian nightmare where you can never define your own personality as it would always have to comply with work values....