ACAS on the Pros and Cons of Social Media in the Workplace

ACAS on the Pros and Cons of Social Media in the Workplace

Despite the ever-increasing scope of social media, it is no longer a new phenomenon. Employers are now wiser to the risks that technology can pose in their organisations in terms of lost productivity from employees. Because of its continued growth, however, employers must continually review their stance to ensure they keep up with both the positive and negative effects. ACAS encourages employers to have an extensive awareness of social media in its guidance, set against the background of its research paper. Focus Areas Acas focuses its guidance on social media for employers into the following sections: Recruitment; Discipline and grievance; and Cyber bullying. It also places significance on the development of a policy to ensure employees know exactly where they stand. Recruitment In this section, ACAS explains the benefits that social media can bring to a business, and how employers can use it to their advantage. For example, advertising vacancies through social media channels is a direct route to a huge audience, however, the guidance stresses,...
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Our Social Media Policy Toolkit

Our Social Media Policy Toolkit

Social Media Policy Toolkit We've put together a Social Media Policy in a collection of articles taken from our online magazine, hr-24, to help you navigate the murky waters of social media policy Social Media Policy. Dismissal for offensive comments on social media: http://hr-24.co.uk/professional-insights/dismissal-for-offensive-comments-on-social-media/  Is it acceptable for companies to monitor staff social media activity? http://hr-24.co.uk/industry-news/editor-picks/monitoring-employees-social-media-activity/    Preventing social media indiscretions: avoiding the P45: http://hr-24.co.uk/industry-news/preventing-social-media-indiscretions-avoiding-p45/ Social media misuse: when not to jump the gun: http://hr-24.co.uk/industry-news/social-media-misuse-not-jump-gun/    FOR ANY FURTHER INFORMATION OR GUIDANCE ON ACAS Code of Practice PLEASE CALL OUR FREE ADVICE SERVICE ON 0800 810 8765. OUR FREE ADVICE SERVICE CAN ALSO ADVISE YOU ON ANY HR QUERIES YOU MAY HAVE; FROM CONTRACTUAL GUIDANCE, GRIEVANCES OR DISCIPLINARIES, TO HOLIDAY/SICKNESS ABSENCE MANAGEMENT OR MATERNITY/PATERNITY/ADOPTION LEAVE and ACAS Code of Practice. PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL US regarding ACAS Code of Practice. WE ARE A NATIONAL FREE ADVICE SERVICE AND CAN HELP WITH ANY EMPLOYMENT LAW OR HR QUERY....
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The importance of having a Social Media Policy – A case study

The importance of having a Social Media Policy – A case study

Miss Employee was working for a well-known pub chain as a shift manager and was aware of the company’s Social Media Policy and policy on blogging; specifically referring to sites such as Myspace and Facebook. Company Social Media Policy stated employees should not write or contribute to a blog, where the content lowered the reputation of the company or its customers; and the company reserved the right to take disciplinary action where this occurred. One evening whilst on shift, Miss Employee was subject to “a shocking torrent of verbal abuse and physical threats” by a group of people; particularly by two customers; they were later asked to leave the pub. After further abusive phones calls from the customers, Miss Employee began a Facebook discussion, where conversations about the customers took place between her and work colleagues. The company later received a complaint from the daughter of the customers regarding the Facebook entries. She was concerned about the “offensive comments”, which had been made public. The...
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