Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Good employee relations critical - if poor - dangerous

Sacked spy Richard Tomlinson has defied the UK's secret services by posting the first chapter of his spy novel online. Says The Register.

It reports:

The ex-MI6 officer was fired in 1995 after four years in the foreign arm of British secret intelligence and spent a year in a maximum security prison for publishing a book about his time in the organisation. But he has fought back against what he claims is intimidation by his old employees with the publication of chapter one of The Golden Chain on his blog.

Imagine if this was to happen to your organisation. It is almost impossible to prevent ex-employees blowing whistles and making mayhem online.

This means that the Public Relations manager has to alert management and prepare for the eventuality as part of issues management planning.