September 24, 2006

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Underneath the link to the postings concerning permanent public records, Jeremy and Tiffany commented on the privacy. Yes, an employer should know all about you, they are hiring you to do an important job (more than likely anyways) and are therefore qualified to know your experience, speak to references etc. However, i dont' think it is a very fair judgment when one would base it on something a student wrote for a class. Yes, they may or may not be your future employee, but they have a life too. I'm sure employers aren't perfect and most of them have done or said something in their past that they shouldn't have, but it didn't stop them from getting to such a rank in the hierarchy that they have substantial power over people. So, because i don't agree with something and i blog about, you wont' hire me? Am i not permitted to have my own opinions? And furthermore, does the constitution not support the expression of those opinions? Blogs are opinions. Of real people. Sometimes formal, sometimes not, a blog is considered an expression. True, if something is posted publically than one can't exactly deny it if the employer asks about, whereas if it weren't posted, than the future employee could say that it hadn't occured or been said, but do you really want someone working with you who is dishonest? Employers need to respect the differences between people and their varying opinions. What if someone decides not to hire a gentleman (or woman) because of a certain thing they said or talked about doing on their blog? The employer may have possibly lost someone that could be beneficial to the company due to their quick judgement. Let the person work for you. Determine whether to hire or fire them based on that. I mean, that is why employers hire people right? To do a damn job, not to be or act a certain way. Of course, their is certain rules and regulations that must be followed once accepted into a company, but something they said is not directly related to how they are as a worker. An employee could go out and express thier opinons at a bar, or even a restaurant, why should they have to keep to themselves in fear of not being hired? Publically dissing your boss or your company would not be advisable but if you hated so and so awhile back or slipped a curse word into your entry on a blog, how does that affect with who you are several years down the road? Why can't it be looked at as a progressive thing? A tracking of how much a person has developed and changed? What if a reference says, "Bob was such a great worker. He was always on time, he worked hard, he was friendly, etc" and an employer finds out that Bob did something they deem "unacceptable" on his blog. I'm sorry, but who are you to tell Bob what he can and cannot do? Bob is his own person, he is not a robot specifically based off of you. It is almost disgusting that an employer would sacrifice the quality of work over mere words on a page. Maybe you dont' agree with Bob, but no one is going to fire you over it, so why should you not hire Bob? I think it is a pretty sad thing when employment is being determined based on these things. Try basing it on the things that matter, oh, you know, that actually have to do with the corporation? Judge the person based on their quality of work. A few unacceptable entries say nothing about the persons' capability to do the job at hand, therefore, judging someone based on that is neither very smart, or ethical.

Posted by Lori Rupert at September 24, 2006 07:57 PM
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