If you are an employee in either fulltime or contracted work then it is likely you have signed a contract of employment.
That contract will, in an ideal world, detail what you agree to provide the company and in return what the company will provide you. It should point you in the direction of the variety of policies and procedures on which the company is standardised.
From experience these procedures now include such gems as
- telephone and/or facsimile usage
- use of the photocopier
- use of email
- use of the internet
- complaints procedures
I wonder then at what point the HR departments will dip into the boundaries of employee/employer relationships to attempt to outline Social Media and Social Network utilisation ?
The growth of SoMe ( Social media ) in business has followed the same curve as Email and Internet Access has.Corporations are attempting to bestow some level of control over an employees access to , or time wasting actions of, those tools.
Some might argue that SoMe is not a tool and that it is a different beast to Email or the Internet and that with policies currently in place for internet access within the work place that this is ground already covered.
Thanks though to the growing success of mobile broadband internet access and services like Lifecast and Qik employees can sidestep firewalls, and control policies laid down by IT administrators and can access sites and content directly.
Which leads me to wonder where the conversation is occuring in respect to what companies will be setting as employment policies to control staff who blog, photograph , Qik or livecast any amount of ideas, commentary or video media direct from their phones ?
A quick google for the terms around social media and HR or employment law clearly takes us back to the current Fear , Uncertainty and Douby stories in regards to how HR departments are using Social Networks to dig into the backgrounds of their potential employees. Where are the articles , the blogs, the twitter comments in which HR departments and recruitment agencies demonstrate a positive and educated response to the arrival of Social Media in the workplace ?
I look forward to you feedback,links and responses.
Thanks for reading.