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Add a social media policy to your employee handbook

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by Margaret Jacoby

social media and magnifying glassIf your organization is forward-thinking, chances are it no longer regards social media as an employee distraction. Instead, you embrace social networking and blogging as an asset to branding, client development and service, research, recruiting and employee engagement.

But the use of social media can pose risks for a business when employees:

  • Share confidential company information through Facebook, Twitter and other sites
  • Disparage the organization or co-workers in a blog
  • Post embarrassing videos recorded in the workplace on YouTube.

Social media represents a fundamental shift in how business is evolving. Employers need to establish clear expectations about what employees can and cannot post. That will help to minimize liability. 

What your policy should cover

Protect your organization by writing and publishing a social media policy in your employee handbook, and warn employees that you intend to monitor...(register to read more)

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