I am sure most of you have now seen the story in the Telepgraph about the HR Executive being “forced out of his job” due to having left the “career opportunities” boxed ticked. If you haven’t read it, here is a link.
I don’t buy it – there is clearly more to this story – but I am not sure what the agenda is of any of the parties. My reasons are as follows:
1) Unless it has been changed, when you set up a LinkedIn profile, all of the contact options are open – you have to make a conscious decision to alter them. Any idiot, let alone lawyer, could argue this strongly in a court of law.
2) His profession – Recruitment – surely he it would be expected that he would have a pretty solid LinkedIn profile? Yes, if he knowingly disclosed confidential information, that would be a disciplinary matter, but surely a meeting and a request to take down the information would suffice?
3) Company Policy – I have quickly done a search on LinkedIn and have found the levels of information on current employees at the company to differ enormously – it simply does not ring true!
I will be watching this story with interest – I cannot help but feel it has precious little to do with LinkedIn, but, we will see. I would be interested in anyone else’s thoughts?