Social Networking has become a large part of not only our personal lives, but our work lives. From Blogging to Facebook, Twitter to LinkedIn, recent research released by Acas has claimed that almost 6 out of 10 (55%) employees now use social media at work, either on computers or smartphones.
Social media is a powerful tool that, used wisely, can increase flexibility and productivity within the workplace. However, the conciliation service claims that abuse of social networking by employees, costs the UK economy up to £14 billion per year, it is essential that as an employer you have the correct HR practices and procedures in place to reduce the impact of misuse in your workplace.
The internet is awash with relevant information on how to manage social networking, and to save local businesses time; we have found an excellent guide recently released by Acas, highlighting the pros and cons, and giving guidance how to put a successful policy in place.
Acas Employer Guide To Social Networking
Acas has launched an online guide that assists employers in the response to challenges posed by the internet and social media tools use at work by employees and highlights some potential pitfalls they may face; to include time theft, defamation, cyber bullying, freedom of speech and the invasion of privacy.
Where should employers start? Research by the Institute for Employment Studies, commissioned by Acas, advises employers to:
- Draw up a policy on social networking,
- Treat ‘electronic behaviour’ in the same way you would treat ‘non-electronic behaviour’
- React reasonably to issues around social networking by asking ‘what is the likely impact on the organisation?’
Acas have produced fact-sheets that offer practical tips on how to manage the impact of social networking. These factsheets can be accessed clicking on the topic links below:
- How to develop a “Social Networking Policy“
- Managing Performance
- Discipline and Grievances
- Defamation, Data Protection and Privacy
Social Networking is an important tool for any business, make sure that you are an employer in the know.
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