Employers & Social Media
Most employers are checking out potential hires’ social media profiles on sites like LinkedIn and Facebook. Some companies even monitor their current employees’ online presence. The legality of this is for debate in several states, with legislation being proposed that would restrict or prohibit employers from requesting access to current or potential employees’ social media accounts.
But according to the Wall Street Journal’s blog, employers have a whole new set of possible concerns to address when it comes to social media and networking sites. A new mobile app called Vine, which was developed and released at the beginning of the year by Twitter, enables users to create and post 6-second video clips that can then be shared or embedded on a variety of social media sites.
Sounds pretty tame, right? It’s only six seconds, barely more than a blink. Not so, says Jacob Gerhman of the Law Blog on the Wall Street Journal: “A new video sharing app is emerging as the latest source of anxiety for employers worried about social-media risks at the office.”
A quick search performed on the site for terms like hate work, bored or work produces results documenting employees doing some very non-work-approved things. Some of the tamer ones? Users leafing through confidential business documents on camera, an unauthorized worker driving heavy machinery at an airport, and many videos of employees “venting about how much they hate their jobs.”
Ultimately, employers who are curious about their current and future employees’ behavior on social media sites need to cast a much wider net, looking at a variety of social media sites beyond the networks they typically visit. And while it should go without saying, employees should understand that their actions leave a digital footprint catalogued permanently for anyone and everyone to see.
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