Social Networking And The Workplace


Social networking sites are everywhere. Nowhere do they present more of a challenge than in the workplace. The challenge of monitoring social networking in the workplace is American not likely to disappear. Concerns around social networking in the workplace are similar to those of the early 90s when the internet and email were the newest and latest workplace technology issues. Internet policies provide a good framework from which to develop social networking policies.

Some of the most recent and most publicized social media "incidents" in the workplace include:

Greg Smith's public resignation from Goldman Sachs in March where he accused his former employer of bad business practices, generated a Twitter frenzy within minutes of being published in the New York Times opinion section. A part-time employee assigned to assist at the scene of a suicide in Ontario used his phone to post photos of the deceased to his personal Facebook page with a caption identifying the workplace. A New Brunswick teacher suffered post-traumatic stress disorder syndrome after several former students posted false and defamatory content on Facebook. An American IT staffing firm has sued one of its former employees alleging that she violated the terms of a non-compete agreement through her conduct on LinkedIn by soliciting her former employer's employees and clients and by communicating and connecting with them through the LinkedIn professional network. In short, these are new variations of old workplace issues with a global twist (eg., defamation, violation of confidentiality, workplace bullying...

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