Employers and Social Media

Most employers can’t get enough ‘inside’ information on their employees. The temptation to spy on employee’s social media sites (Twitter, Myspace, Facebook) is great.

Don’t do it!

There’s a case coming before a New Jersey court later this month. Employees at a local restaurant created a password-protected myspace chat room, where they could (on their own time) comment and vent on the issues of the day.

The owner apparently got an employee to spill the password, and found out the ‘inside information’.

Whether this case has legal merit is another argument for another day.

But ethically and realistically, don’t spy. If worktime is wasted on social media, have your IT person prevent employees from using them. But spying can only get you into trouble.

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How to Silence Workplace Gossips

This month, I’ll be conducting a nationwide audio conference on issues and solutions to Gossip in the Workplace on behalf of my friends at BLR.com.

I hope you can join us.

The nationwide audio conference is on Monday, November 17 at 10:30am Pacific. To sign up, click here.

There’s also a California specific conference through the Employer Resource Institute on Friday, November 21 at 10:30am Pacific. To join us, click here.

I sincerely hope you can join us!