• http://www.razchorev.com Raz Chorev

    Eric, I can’t disagree with your suggestions more! The notion that a company creating and maintaining an employee’s profile is wrong from the outset.
    Linkedin, Facebook and other social and business networks make a clear distinction between personal profiles and company pages. An employee could create and maintain (at his discretion) his own personal profile. The company, or an authorised representative should create and maintain their own company page. 
    There shouldn’t be any agreement regarding ownership of personal accounts. On any network.
    I see this happening a lot in recruitment firms, where the recruitment consultants are being issued with or encouraged to use their personal LinkedIn account for work purposes. Sometimes the company even pays for the premium (personal account upgrade) to allow the consultant to reach potential clients and candidates. 
    Recruitment firms using this method often try to skim on the cost of using one of Linkedin Hiring Solutions, a premium company package, which cost a lot more, yet allows the company to retain their data. The consultants often unaware of these solutions, and accumulating large number of connections on their personal account. If that’s the company policy, they deserve to be left out with nothing, if and when the consultant leaves. Shortsightedness like this should get rewarded, by the courts or otherwise.

    • http://www.theemployerhandbook.com/ Eric B. Meyer

      Hi Raz. 

      Thank you for the comment. You make some great points and I agree with you that companies should be wary about wanting to assert ownership rights over personal pages (as opposed to company pages). Seemingly, the three tips above would come into play more often w/r/t company pages.