A lot of Melbourne’s bloggers are taking things a little more cautiously at the moment, following Jenjen’s sacking (just after she gave notice anyway) due to the alleged content and work time involved in her blog. For my own part, I’ve scrupulously avoided naming where I work or going into too much detail about my colleagues. And I think posting only from home is the order of the day.
Obviously it’s a difficult issue. I’d like to think that most companies take a realistic view of their employees using Internet access for non-work purposes, as long as it doesn’t interfere with work. Indeed, the same applies to any resources at work – phone calls, Post-It notes, e-mail. As long as you’re getting your work done, what does it matter?
Yeah, I sometimes send personal e-mails from work. And use the phone. And run out on errands (ho boy, did I ever today!). But then again, I make work calls on my personal mobile, interrupt home activities for work, connect to the work computers from my own PC at home (using MY electricity, dammit), and even use sometimes use my own pen and ink when writing work-related notes. Gasp!
I don’t know if it all balances out or not, but so far my bosses seem to be satisfied with me getting my work done when it’s needed. I do the work. They pay me the money (except what the taxman takes). Everyone’s happy (especially the taxman). Well, I hope so, anyway — it’s worked for three years in this job so far.