Articles tagged 'Social Media'

HR Insights

Networking in the Internet Age: It’s Still About Building the Relationship

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“Hello sir this is XXXX. I just completed my engineering degree. If you have any opportunities, please let me know.”

“I would like to have a job with your company, please help me.”

“Mr. Ron, please review my resume and give me a job.”

In the course of a week, I get numerous emails of this type. Sometimes it feels as if people think I can just create a job for them even though their skill set does not match up with my company. I also feel that they think I have the time to filter their resume and advise them.

But what amazes me most is the lack of forethought in reaching out to someone, especially on LinkedIn. Read more…

Legal Issues

Using an Employee’s Personal Social Media Account May Violate the Law

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By Eric B. Meyer

Back in 2011, when you were all Tebowing, planking and “winning,” I was blogging about this case where an employer allegedly updated its employee’s Facebook page and tweeted from her Twitter account without her permission while she was on leave from work following a car accident.

The Stored Communications Act prohibits intentional, unauthorized access to electronically stored communications. The employer admitted that it had accessed the employee’s social media accounts. However, it claimed that it had permission because the employee left her passwords stored on a company server.

So, the employer moved for summary judgment. Read more…

Legal Issues

Daughter’s Facebook Post Costs Her Dad an $80k Employment Settlement

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By Eric B. Meyer

I’ll bet this father didn’t “like” his daughter’s Facebook post very much.

Dad is the former headmaster at a school in Florida. When the school failed to renew his employment contract, he sued for age discrimination and retaliation. Eventually the two sides settled, with the school to pay $10,000 in back pay, $80,000 as a “1099,” and $60,000 to dad’s attorneys.

The settlement was strictly conditioned upon confidentiality. It included a provision that divulging even the existence of the agreement, would cost dad the $80K payment. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

HR’s No. 1 Workplace Concern: Would You Believe ‘Everything?”

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We recently asked the following question:

What one thing that concerns you most about the world of work in 2014?

Several hundred of you took the time to write out your deep thoughts. We thought we’d share them with the world.

Here’s basically what you said: EVERYTHING. Read more…

Talent Management

The Trick in Getting Them to Think Before They Tweet


The impact of social media on the business world is continuing to evolve and shape how marketing, PR and HR departments operate.

While social media is a great way to engage with customers and create buzz, it can also backfire to cause serious damage to a company’s image.

Employers can help avoid the lasting negative impact that a social blunder can have by making sure they educate employees on social guidelines in engaging, digital ways. Read more…

Legal Issues

Time to Log Off? Take Care When Crafting Workplace Internet Policies

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By K. Carrie Sarhangi

Are your employees allowed to use their work email account to send and receive personal emails? Should staff be permitted to surf the net while at the workplace?

What about Facebook and Twitter? Does your employee handbook have any limitations on how employees should (or should not) use social media at the office?

In today’s world — where there are more devices connected to the Internet than there are people on the planet — the Internet and social media keep the world connected. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

No Workplace Policy Can Prevent People Doing Something Really Stupid


By Eric B. Meyer

On Martin Luther King Day, I performed community service with a few of my co-workers and my 4-year-old son. We went to a local center and spent a few hours making peanut butter sandwiches to feed the homeless.

Actually, we spent a half-hour or so making sandwiches. Most of us spent the remainder of the time continuing to make sandwiches, while my son ate peanut butter.


But imagine, if instead of performing community service, my co-workers and I decided to host an “MLK Black Party,” where we dressed in basketball jerseys, flashing gang signs and drank from watermelon cups. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

What Your Employees Really Need to Hear From You


Last week I wrote about the importance of information sharing across an organization. If you missed it it’s a very important idea.

This week I want to share one more example, specifically about an executive’s responsibility to share information with the team — and the value of doing so.

When I was in my first sizable corporate management role, I wanted to keep my team updated about what I was thinking and doing and deciding. I also wanted to let them know that I noticed and appreciated specific things that they were accomplishing. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Best Ways to Communicate With Job Candidates in the Social Media Age

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Here are some shocking statistics for you: Only 4.4 percent of candidates receive specific feedback from hiring managers and recruiters.

Another study indicates that 75 percent of workers who applied for jobs using various avenues didn’t hear back from employers.

The takeaway? The majority of job seekers, who may have put an enormous amount of effort into their applications, will never hear a peep from your side of the table. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Study Finds That (Surprise!) Facebook Alone Isn’t a Good Hiring Barometer

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Here’s a scenario for all you human resource professionals out there:

Let’s just say that most job candidates made their Facebook profiles public. Let’s say that most employers checked their job candidates’ Facebook profiles and used it as the only tool to determine whether that person would be a good employee.

Would you be surprised if I told you that this practice didn’t lead to better, more qualified hires? Read more…