Recently, much furor has arisen over the conduct of Kelly Blazek, the creator of the Cleveland Job Bank. According to news reports, she recently sent a scathing rejection letter to a young job seeker who had merely sought to connect with Blazek on LinkedIn. This response went viral and since then, others have come forward to report similar treatment.

Though Blazek publically apologized for her diatribe, the verb “to Blazek” may soon enter today’s lexicon.

Have you thought about what you would do if your employees Blazeked somebody? What if one of your employees sent a scathing email that the recipient then posted online? What if that email was issued from your company’s email address? What if the employee were identified to the world as an employee of your company?

As this situation shows, bad news can spread fast. Being prepared for bad news is your best antidote.