Talking Out of Work Causes Unemployment
By George Anderson
David Pilgreen was tired of seeing his employer kicked around and he wanted to set the record straight. That was his first mistake.
Mr. Pilgreen’s second mistake was posting sales results in an online chatroom visited by his fellow Kmart employees.
As well intentioned as Mr. Pilgreen may have been, posting internal sales data was a no-no as far his employer was concerned. The result was that after 16 obviously loyal years,
Mr. Pilgreen was fired by Kmart.
“I never meant to harm Kmart or cause them any trouble,” he said.
His managers may very well have understood, but Mr. Pilgreen was gone for sharing confidential information with the outside world.
Moderator’s Comment: Where do you stand on the right of employers and employees when it comes to talking out of work about things that go on there?
If everyone got fired for criticizing their seniors at work, turnover rates would be much higher. Does saying it publicly on a blog make it different than
saying the same thing to fellow employees or family and friends outside of work? –
George Anderson – Moderator