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Should Companies that Fire Shoot First?

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Jeana Young

on 12 February 2014

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Transcript of Should Companies that Fire Shoot First?

Should Companies that Fire Shoot First?
The Set-Up
World of social media

Company info being released by employees

Companies to release info to the public before the event occurs?
Question One
Do you think Tesla CEO Elon Musk did the right thing when he blogged about impending layoffs just before announcing them to employees? Why or why not?
Question Two
Do you think employees have a responsibility to be careful when they blog about their company? Why or why not?
Question Three
Do you think employees who blog about their companies have an ethical responsibility to disclose their identities?
Question Four
How can a company develop a policy for handling communication of sensitive issues inside, and outside, the company?

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
-Theodore Roosevelt
No! Employees should have been contacted first.
Respect builds loyalty
Insensitivity lends to negativity
EMPLOYEES FIRST - dignity towards the ones that are leaving and positive morale for those who are staying
Identify a need for policy
Gather information
Consult with Stakeholders
Guideline approvals
Monitor progress/effectivity
Damage to the company, employee, customer and consumer could result
Added disclaimers to prevent damaging comments or opinions
Blogging is just another form of communication that needs to be monitored
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