Do you think a company has a right to discipline an employee for stating their opinion in an E-mail?
I really feel that its time for all of us to stand up and let management know that the morale of this plant is not nearly as good as they choose to believe. We all sit in meetings where we are asked to give our input. We have many great people here who care deeply about this plant. Last night we sat in another meeting where we once again heard that we have record profits, even with a lot of much older equipment. It’s time that we as a whole are heard. We were also told that if we don't like it here then we know where the door is. Those words came from a man that until that day I truly admired.
No! If a company is treating employees unfairly, operating under devious practices, etc then the company should be exposed for what it is. It's okay for companies to scrutinize our resumes when they are hiring us, so why isn't it okay for people to read reviews or comments from existing employees of a company they may be applying to work for? All in all, if a company is operating in an unfair or otherwise immoral fashion, it need to be exposed. If you were fired for expressing your opinions then you may have grounds for suing the company if they fire you because of your opinions.
possumlover...Wow..awesome question..I know of what you speak of, and believe it or not this has been going on for years, regardless of what we've been told or led to believe. The only difference these days is the internet..no matter what is put out there truth or not it cannot be deleted...There are many of us that have come up with solutions to issues/treatments, and yet being we are not the " head cheese ",so our ideas are over looked or vetoed or better yet we are labeled " uncooperative "...
however the " HC" still insists the end results to be 100% perfect, and profitable...My thoughts are better I go elsewhere if this is their policy, as it's never going to change...besides your whole persona will be able to achieve more positively.....and positive attracts positive...just my thoughts...look forward to hearing what others think..
Unless you're desperate to keep this job, vote with your feet. Seriously. If you've got an employer who kids himself on that he's on top of things when he's really drowning in dross, then it's time to get out before the ship founders. At least you'll have a job when he has to sign on for benefits, and then you can tell him, 'Told you so' (and get out of the way before he bats you)..
Basically every owner and company writes the rules. If we don't like the rules, we can go to a better company or start our own company. So the worker really has the power.
If within a company system, e.g. a company email mail box system and addresses, then of course. It has the same restrictions as verbal. To exclaim an email on a company system is confidential does have confidentiality up to the extent of policy and the law. Citing City of Ontario v. Quon (2010) the courts state the place of business can seize and search and/or monitor and etc. company owned communication systems.
Therefore, if an email is sent, a text message, or even a phone call with a company phone cell or land line the company has rights and can access that communication. Remember in a corporate world the corporation is an entity employing individuals and managed by individuals, yet again is an entity defined by words on paper and laws.
Has the familiar company policy of no cell phone usage on company property or during work hours not been pondered. Those are subject to conflicting legal views, but generally are subject to federal search and seizure laws requiring a warrant.
Anything communicated is subject by confidentiality first by those two or more parties, where, and how the communication occurs. Ponder the most recent discussions with the NSA and email monitoring in our U.S. Congress.
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