Social Media - Blurred Lines in our Workplace

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Social Media - Blurred Lines in our Workplace

  1. 1. Social Media Blurred Lines in our Workplace
  2. 2. Blurred Lines in our Workplace Our Main Source • “Blurred Lines in the Workplace” by Leah Arnold-Smeets: – http://www.payscale.com/author/leah-arnold-smeets • “Blurred lines: Setting boundaries at work” by Van Moddy: – http://www.cnbc.com/id/101200290 • “Blurred Lines: Social Media and Confidentiality in Workplace Investigations” by Bryan Bienias : – http://www.seyfarth.com/BryanBienias
  3. 3. Blurred Lines in our Workplace Introduction • Workplace dynamics have become increasingly problematic thanks to social media: – Access online to the lives of employees and employers. – Opportunity to share online comments.
  4. 4. Blurred Lines in our Workplace Online Access - What is privacy? The quality or condition of being secluded from the presence or view of others. The state of being free from unsanctioned intrusion. The state of being concealed; secrecy. The condition of being necessarily restricted to a single person.
  5. 5. Blurred Lines in our Workplace Online Comments - Freedom It is important that we allow freedom on expression in our world, however we must be respectful about what we say online and aware of possible consequences should things go astray.
  6. 6. Blurred Lines in our Workplace Social Media and Personal Aspects • From an individual’s perspective, sharing personal aspects of one’s life isn’t such a big deal when your audience contains family and friends. • However, when you consider a corporate setting, things can become a bit more complicated for different reasons.
  7. 7. Blurred Lines in our Workplace Social Media – Mine field • The social media activities of employees have increasingly pushed the boundaries of lawful workplace behavior and created new legal challenges for employers and employees.
  8. 8. Blurred Lines in our Workplace Social Media – Mine field • Cyberbullying: – Social media is a new frontier for inappropriate behavior. • Perils of Facebook friending: – A Facebook friend implies a special relationship and that can be problematic where there is a professional need to appear impartial. • Online gripes by employees: – Just as social media sites are popular forums for discussions about sports, family, or politics, the workplace can be a hot environment for gossips, complaints and unfair comments. • Protecting confidential information: – Employees are legally required to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive business matters about their companies.
  9. 9. Blurred Lines in our Workplace Strategies to avoid problems with Social Media • Privacy settings – Always make your personal social media accounts private if you post content that is questionable from time to time. • Send request only when you’re 100 percent sure the person likes you (and you like them).
  10. 10. Blurred Lines in our Workplace Strategies to avoid problems with Social Media • Accept requests only when you’re 100 percent sure you like the person (and they like you). • Don’t add your boss, unless you’re mature enough to keep business and personal separate. • Be professional and mature – No matter who you decide to add or not, a great way to prevent any problems on your end is to always be professional and mature when posting to social media.
  11. 11. Blurred Lines in our Workplace Conclusion • Social media is here to stay and the employment law implications are significant for companies of all sizes and industry. • Although most companies and their workers will act with decorum and respect while participating in social media communications, some will not, and, in those instances, employers and employees must be well-protected and informed so they can take proper actions to protect their legal interests and reputations.
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