Monday 26 September 2016

When Social Media and the Workplace Collide

Originally posted on Britopian.

Managing employee’s use of social media is certainly a tricky area that employers are dealing with today. According to a recent study by DLA Piper, one third of employers have disciplined employees for something posted on a social media site. The research also found that 21% or employers had to give their employees a warning for posting something derogatory about a colleague or about the business itself. Despite this only a quarter of the businesses within the study have a social media policy. That, in itself, is a huge problem. Other findings in the study include:

Of employees who use social media for personal use:
  • 14% have posted a status update or tweeted about work issues
  • 22% posted a status update or tweeted about a colleague
  • 28% have posted photos of colleagues or business activities
  • 1% have posted confidential business information
  • 39% have befriended a colleague or business contact in Facebook
  • 39% have connected to a colleague or business contact on LinkedIn
The study also reveals that the use of social media is landing employees in hot water:
  • 21% of employers have taken disciplinary proceedings because of information an employee has displayed on a social media site about another employee
  • 25% of employers have taken disciplinary proceedings because of information an employee has displayed on a social media site about their activities at work
  • 31% of employers have taken disciplinary proceedings because of information an employee has displayed on a social media site about the organization
  • 30% of employers have taken disciplinary proceedings because of the level of usage of social media sites while at work

The key takeaway of this study is clear. Having a social media policy is no longer an option. It’s a business imperative.

Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/EdelmanDigital/~3/uodpDDaYJ1E/