Workforce’s December article “Social media begins forcing the totally transparent layoff” discusses how the “once-private process of giving pink slips is becoming increasingly public, whether a firm likes it or not.”
Benz is quoted about social media’s role in this shift:
The combination of social media technology such as Twitter—where people post updates about themselves online at Twitter.com—and a cultural shift toward greater personal disclosure means more and more employees will document details of their dismissal, said Jennifer Benz, a communications consultant based in San Francisco.
“It’s really forcing companies to be increasingly transparent with what they do,” she said. “There’s no ability for a company to control the message like they used to.”