Firewall between work and personal writing.
August 16, 2012 10:03 AM Subscribe
How can I build a wall between writing I do for my employer and writing I do on my own time?
posted by Spurious to Work & Money (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I am a political scientist who works for a private company. Sometimes in my job I write magazine and online articles on topics relating to the company's work. They are published under my name, but as a representative of my employer.
However, I am also often asked to write articles about on topics in the same general topics as my employer, but as an expert in my own right and not as a representative of my employer. My employer has no policies about what I can write about on my own time.
For example, let's pretend my employer is an solar panel manufacturer. In my day job I write often articles about how a particular legislative will harm green energy prices. However, on my own time publications will ask me write about how a particular method of logging will damage New England watersheds. Similar fields but different topics.
Given that my personal writing and the writing I do for my employer are on similar topics, I want to make a firm and clear "firewall" between the writing I do at work, and the writing I do at home.
So far, I have:
1. Never work on my personal writing at work.
2. Never use my work email for personal writing.
3. Never use work computers etc... for personal writing.
3. When asked to submit a piece of writing, ask upfront if they are asking me as an independent expert or me as a representative of my employer.
4. Downgrade or leave out my employer in my bio used in articles written on my own time.
Have I missed anything else?