Friday, November 16, 2012

WIRTW #250 (the “Tickle Me Petraeus” edition)

What does Elmo have in common with a former four-star general? They both need refresher courses on the proper use of email.

  • Former CIA chief David Petraeus resigned his post after an email chain revealed an extra-marital affair. Petraeus and his paramour are claimed to have set up Gmail accounts to communicate with each other.

  • Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, is taking a leave of absence from Sesame Street amid now-retracted allegations that he engaged in a relationship with an underage teen. According to the Sesame Workshop, an investigation revealed that Clash “violated company policy regarding internet usage.” One of the offending work-sent emails: “I’m sorry that I keep talking about sex with you, it’s driving me insane.”

The lesson should be obvious, but apparently needs repeating—Think Before You Click. (Hey, that’s a good name for a book … or a Sesame Street skit).

For some other thoughts on these stories-of-the-week:

Here’s the rest of what I read this week:


Social Media & Workplace Technology

HR & Employee Relations

Wage & Hour

Labor Relations

Until next week: