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Social Media in the Workplace

Employers should be more aware of the increasing use of the internet by employees. With the number of Facebook users getting ever greater – the number of Facebook accounts held in the UK is now 30 million this is around half the population. The chances are your employees are using it to post on their walls, update their status or tweeting to each other.

It is important to be sure that your staff are not using their online social networking during work time whether they are using it on their employers internet facility or whether they are accessing it on their smart phones. It is important to remain clear and consistent to employees about the permitted use of social media during work time and therefore the best advice is to put in place a social media policy.

Not only will a social media policy ensure that your employees know when they are permitted to use the social media sites but you can also establish perameters about inappropriate behaviour, comments and the sanctions for bringing your business into disrepute by careless comments and updates.

Employees should be aware of the fact that once a comment has been committed to the internet – it can be difficult to erase.

For advice and assistance about putting in place a comprehensive social media policy or advice in relation to a current situation please contact Charlotte Woolven-Brown on charlottewb@kewlaw.co.uk

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