Like millions of other professionals, Flexman thought nothing of it when he loaded his CV into his LinkedIn profile. He also checked the box indicating an interesting in being contacted about “career opportunities”, apparently a breach of new company policy. BG Group also accused him of including confidential information in his profile such as details about how he had reduced firm’s the rate of staff attrition. Ironic.
Flexman, though, says that the details he posted were available in the company’s annual reports and that 21 other BG Group employees, including the manager overseeing the disciplinary process, had ticked the “career opportunities” box but had not been disciplined.
The company asked him to remove all information about BG Group from his profile except for job titles and dates. Although not terminated, the dispute over his LinkedIn profile led to his resignation following increasing tension in his relationships with other executives.
From his profile, it appears Flexman has already found new work, hopefully with a more social media-savvy employer.
BG Group declined to comment, saving it for the hearing.
Employers: define the rules at your company for the proper use of social media platforms such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn. Ensure your users are spending their time productively and company resources are being used for the business.