One odd experience was with the power and peril of social networking on the web, and blogs. I am a passionate LinkedIn user, as it has always yielded me great results for professional networking and hiring. When you are a LinkedIn user, as you make updates to your profile, your linked contacts are notified of the changes, through email. I received one notification of a change, from someone I work with: he added a link to his blog. Curious, I checked it out. The first entry I saw?
A time for change?
It's been over 3 years that I've been at my current company. I have never stayed with one company this long, and I'm getting the itch for a change. I've got several reasons why I want to change, and several reasons to stay put.
This was startling, to say the least. My first reaction was shock, then embarrassment for the co-worker: he obviously had not realized his fellow company mates would see this. I could not tell him directly, as it was delicate, and I had reasons of my own. I shared the blog with some others, so they could talk with him.
As I thought more about this, I realized his "error" was actually one of three possibilities:
- He made a genuine error, not realizing others in the company would see it.
- He blogs honestly and transparently, and is proud that others in the worlds he lives in can see his thoughts, regardless of the consequences.
- He did this as a conscious strategy to get others in the company to recognize his unhappiness, and choose to address it with him, either with discussion or perhaps compensation.
Now, I have worked with him for years, and find him to be one of the most honest and easygoing people I have ever worked with. He will dig his heels in when he thinks he's right, and cheerfully abandon objections when he sees no merit to them. I still have not figured out which of the above it is, but as more and more of us blog online, I wonder if this will be a more common occurrence, and if so, if he's not just a bit ahead of the rest of us on using this as a tool for change.
There's no resolution that I know of, but his subsequent blog entries make me think he's staying, so I hope, if he had planned to use this as a change agent, it worked. Would any of you do this?
And no, I will not put the link to his blog here. :-)