Technological advancement has made communication easy and open, but have communicators made too much information public?
The Council of Communication Management runs an online forum for its 200 or so members where any member can raise a question to solicit advice or comments from other members. A recent dialogue concerned the question of how open an organization should be. The specific case had to do with a company whose culture was typically very open in its information sharing, and the question was whether, in the aftermath of a layoff of 300 people because of cost pressures, a list of those to be laid off should be generated and posted online. The logic was that it would minimize telephone calls around the company and speculation about who was or was not leaving.