Social Media Policy

Yesterday (May 31st) I had the privilege of speaking at Business Forums International’s conference on Social Media Policy and HR.

Although I’ve created policies and been involved in the creation of many more, it was interesting getting a legal perspective and some of pitfalls that both employers and employees have come across.

As a summary to the conference, I tweeted key points during event and thought it would be useful to share here:

  • Monitoring employees’ #socialmedia use carries legal risks in UK around data protection #hr #bficonf
     
  • There’s a challenge of knowing where #socialmedia fits into information security management #hr #socialmediapolicy #bficonf
     
  • Any #socialmediapolicy needs communication, education and training to employees #hr #bficonf
     
  • Employees need to be aware of issues of trust and confidence with their #socialmedia postings #socialmediapolicy #hr #bficonf
     
  • *Extended friends* on #socialmedia could report your comments to your employers #socialmediapolicy #hr #bficonf
     
  • An effective #socialmediapolicy can protect your employees and provide an effective framework for #socialmedia use #hr #bficonf
     
  • Ignorance of your company’s #socialmediapolicy is no excuse in UK law #hr #bficonf
     
  • All the rules of UK Employment Law still apply to #socialmedia #socialmediapolicy #hr #bficonf
     
  • In UK data protection and employment law need consideration #socialmediapolicy #hr #bficonf
     
  • Blurring of corporate / private thru social media #bficonf #socialmediapolicy #hr
     
  • SM codes of prac need platform-specific examples/training, but a policy referring to *user-generated content* would apply 2 all

I’d certainly recommend signing up for the next Social Media and HR conference on offer from BFI: http://bfi.co.uk/

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