Although social media is a great way to connect socially with family and friends, the lines easily blur when personal and professional relationships co-mingle on social media. For others staying active on social media is part of their work.
As good as it is, social media and usage at work can also be a major snag in the employer-employee relationship, especially when the parties are not on the same page regarding what constitutes good social media etiquette.
It is very important for employers to have social media policies to guide both employer and employees around what could be a potential minefield. However, even in the absence of such a policy it is important for all to note the important Do’s and Don’ts of social media and employ decency and mindfulness in the usage of social media.
Remember: Basic social media etiquette is similar to office etiquette. Employees need to be respectful and professional in their posts. Posting profanity, obscenities or making negative comments, is unacceptable behaviour. Harassment of any kind is strictly prohibited. Treat people online the way you would treat them in person, be respectful of privacy and personal viewpoints.
Remember that when you post comments on-line, it stays out there online, so beware of what you post. You need to be responsible and think about what you are posting before you make it public.
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