Versique’s Tiffany Kuehl was recently featured in a Fast Company article, on leaving negative company reviews. As an industry HR expert, Tiffany shares her advice on posting a negative review about your former company.
Employees, especially those who feel they’ve been unfairly treated by an employer, may look for ways to vent their frustrations. Employer review sites like Glassdoor provide an ideal venue for these disgruntled employees and ex-employees to let the world know about their gripes with management. Tiffany says employees who feel unvalued or underappreciated often think they’ll find personal satisfaction from venting about their company in a public way, but before you hit “submit” make sure you ask your self these six questions.
Here’s our quick summary of Tiffany’s six questions to ask yourself before leaving a negative review. To read the full article on Fast Company: Should You Post a Negative Review Of Your Former Company.
6 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Leaving a Negative Review
1. HAVE YOU ANALYZED YOUR REASONS?
“If you are genuinely concerned about the state of the business, the environment, or have raised issues internally and have not seen them addressed, then you can take to the internet, but you should do so with caution,” says Tiffany.
2. EXAMINE YOUR LANGUAGE, ARE YOU STATING THINGS AS FACT OR OPINION?
“You can be sued for defamation if you post a negative review, however, you’re less likely to be sued if you post it as an opinion rather than a fact,” says Tiffany.
3. ARE THERE ANY LEGAL RESTRICTIONS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?
If the employer has restrictions on the information you can share, you could put yourself in a legal situation if you violate those restrictions.
4. IS IT REALLY ANONYMOUS?
Sites allow you to post anonymously, but your anonymity is not guaranteed.
5. WILL YOUR FEEDBACK HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
“When the review is constructive and does not come across as anger from a disgruntled employee, the organization can gain helpful information that can be used to make improvements,” says Tiffany.
6. IS THIS THE BEST WAY?
It can be easy to jump onto a review site and voice your frustrations for all to see. But before you do, take a second to consider if there is another way to achieve your objectives.
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Fast Company: Should you post a negative review of your former company?