Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Overheard @: Psst! Beware -- disgruntled employees can 'Telonu'

Wrapped with a bow, ready-made for the "technology-as-a-curse" files is a new site and application from Telonu Inc. that, by the company's own description, allows current and former employees to "rave, rant and rate your workplace and the people there."

The firm's latest additions are its Layoff Tracker Widget and Layoff Talk site to help people keep pace with the job market and stay on top of the latest pink slip announcements amid the recession. The widget lets anyone display as-it-happens layoff announcements on their personal Web site or blog. For each announcement, the Layoff Tracker displays the company, date of announcement and number of affected jobs (Get it? Telonu = tell on you).

No, you're not having a nightmare. And unfortunately it gets worse. Users then can visit Telonu’s Layoff Talk site, where they can read more details about a specific layoff, check out what others in the community have posted and leave their own anonymous posting.

Although far from ideal for employers, Telonu is another sign of the times, as layoffs have become a large part of today’s work culture. Stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that since the start of the recession in 2007, the total number of unemployment claims jumped to 2,394,434.

What do you think of Telonu? Useful tool or literally a sounding board for disgruntled current and ex-workers? Comment and let me know.

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