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Unpleasant Memories on the Web in Employment Relations: A Ricoeurian Approach

André Habisch (), Pierre Kletz () and Eva Wack ()
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André Habisch: Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Pierre Kletz: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Eva Wack: Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Humanistic Management Journal, 2022, vol. 7, issue 2, No 9, 347-368

Abstract: Abstract Cybervetting has become common practice in personnel decision-making processes of organizations. While it represents a quick and inexpensive way of obtaining additional information on employees and applicants, it gives rise to a variety of legal and ethical concerns. To limit companies’ access to personal information, a right to be forgotten has been introduced by the European jurisprudence. By discussing the notion of forgetting from the perspective of French hermeneutic philosopher Paul Ricoeur, the present article demonstrates that both, companies and employees, would be harmed if access to online information on applicants and current employees would be denied. Consistent with a Humanistic Management approach that promotes human dignity and flourishing in the workplace, this article proposes guidance for the responsible handling of unpleasant online memories in personnel decision-making processes, thereby following Ricoeur’s notion of forgetting as “kept in reserve”. Enabling applicants and employees to take a qualified stand on their past is more beneficial to both sides than a right to be forgotten that is questionable in several respects.

Keywords: Forgetting on the web; Cybervetting; Privacy; Paul Ricoeur; Employment relations; Humanistic management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s41463-022-00138-0

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