‘The views expressed on this blog are my own and don’t represent the views of my employer.’
This is a common refrain you see on blogs all over the blogosphere and is, in my view, a complete cop-out!
A company is just a group of people with shared objectives. Those people have views – how can you separate out what the ‘people’ an organisation employs think and what the ‘organisation’ thinks when they are the same thing?? I wonder how bloggers who use this disclaimer define ’employer’ … is it the CEO, HR director, comms director?? If employees aren’t doing the thinking in an organisation, who the hell is!?!?! Smacks of groupthink to me …
It seems weird for a company to allow its employees to blog and then to disown them and their views … presumably, if a company allows its employees to blog as part of their job it will have a policy and some user guidance … provided their bloggers stick to the ‘rules’ they should not disown their ‘professional’ views … it feels very insulting to me … 😦
Like it or not … what I think is, at the very least, 1/110,000th of what BT thinks as a whole – no disclaimer is going to change that … 😉