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Social Media in the Employee – Employer legal battles

 

I know you have not seen anything from me for a couple of weeks…and I apologize…just too much “Euby Travel” and not enough hours in the day!  I should be back “on track” after this long weekend…..but then……OK..back to the blog….

You have no doubt heard the stories of “FaceBook Posts” coming back to haunt job applicants and cost them the opportunity to secure a position that they really wanted….you have even read about that here last year when I recanted a story from a presenter at one of our PSDA CEO conferences.  After reading yet another industry report in Print Pro’s by Lisa Lori, I thought it might be prudent to again remind all of us about the dangers of random posts, and especially those fueled by anger, emotional events or the most dangerous…”intoxicated posts”!

Attorneys are having Social Media specialists dig deeper and deeper into clients as well as opponents Social Media posts.  They are winning cases by producing evidence that would have previously been un-attainable…but for reasons we have blogged about before…people feel “comfortable” with Social Media…thinking of it as a “cocktail party” where everyone is saying “stuff” that no one will remember in the morning anyway…..but with this type of party..you leave a paper trail!

It does not matter if you are an employee or an owner…what the employee posts can impact not only that employee but also that COMPANY!  Yes…you can lose your job over an employees post.  It happens quite frequently and you need to make sure you have done your due diligence as an employer to protect you and your company…..just as much as the employee needs to stop and think and refrain.

You need to consider the following….

Social Media posts can provide lots of information both negative and positive when you are looking for a job or when an employer is looking at you for a job…and they DO look. Don’t post something you will regret !

If you search for a short period of time…you can find “trade secrets” of other companies being bantered back and forth by disgruntled employees and / or ex employees.  Don’t leave your company open to this!

If you own a company or even manage for a company, make certain you have a “Social Media Policy” and be sure to enforce it.  If you do not…you will not be protected.

Your company can he held liable for what an employee posts…. be sure you are protected and make certain someone reviews for malicious posts and reports.

Go ahead and invest in an experts advise and prepare a “Social Media Policy” for your company or organization.  And make sure you have your own “Personal Policy” to avoid future unexpected issues of a personal nature.

As the old commercial stated …pay me NOW or pay me LATER…. use the same approach…pay for a little “prevention now” and avoid the higher price of the “cure” later on…….

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!     Stay Safe !     Euby

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