Articles tagged 'Social Media'

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

NLRB: Employee’s Vicious, Foul Facebook Post Not Grounds For Firing

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By Eric B. Meyer

By now, all of us have read the articles, which claim that the law permits your employees to complain about work on social media — and keep their jobs.

Well, that’s not exactly true. The National Labor Relations Act, which applies to most private-sector workplaces — both union and non-union — protects employees who engage in protected concerted activity. Protected concerted activity is where employees discuss working conditions with one another.

But, an employee who gripes alone is not protected. Also, vulgar and obscene comments are not protected.

Until now. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

An Ex-Employee Takes the Password to the LinkedIn Page — Now What?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Your company has set up a private LinkedIn Group.

Your company, which controls who may become a member of the Group, has seen the number of Group members swell to nearly 700. Way to go! Because it’s a private group, the names of all of the group members are not generally available to the public.

Now, let’s say that the employee whom you have appointed to manage the LinkedIn Group — the one who knows all the passwords — up and leaves. And, of course, he doesn’t return the passwords. What can you do? Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR Basics: 5 Things Your Employees Can Safely Post on Social Media

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Social media is everywhere. An employer would be hard pressed to find an employee without some form of social media presence.

Because of this, you always hear horror stories about someone getting fired for badmouthing their boss or harassing a co-worker online. In fear of losing their job, many people avoid posting anything online relating to their job at all.

While employers definitely don’t want their employees bringing negative attention to them online, having no attention can also have adverse effects. The beauty in social media is, a single post can empower your organization’s brand and show your network who your company truly is and what it stands for. Read more…

Talent Management

Don’t Make Snap Judgments When Monitoring Employee Social Media Use

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Long gone are the days of trying to sneak social media breaks into your work day.

As Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media platforms become an essential part of business, employees are able to increase their time spent social networking without the worry of the activity being viewed as unproductive.

However, not all employers may be up-to-date on how this activity can actually be considered productive. And with advanced technologies that monitor employees becoming popular, employers need to take a step back before making snap judgments on social networking. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

S. Carolina Banning State Employees From Using Social Media at Work

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By Eric B. Meyer

One state is banning personal use of social media at work.Wait, seriously?

Yep. No employee of the State of South Carolina will be allowed to use social media on the job, “unless specifically required by the agency to perform a job function.”

Cassie Cope at TheState.com first reported this news. According to the State Employee Code of Conduct Task Force report, the new rule is designed to provide “clear, easy to understand guidance to state employees and will provide the public with greater trust and confidence in state government” and to curtail waste of state resources. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Court OKs Firing of Public Employee Who Criticized Boss on Facebook

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By Eric B. Meyer

You know all that stuff you read on the Internet about employees who can badmouth their boss on the Internet, all in the name of free speech, and not get fired for it?

Yeah, about that.

Here’s a recent opinion from the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans about a 25-year police sergeant, a public employee, whose First Amendment freedom of speech rights were not violated when she was fired for posting Facebook comments, which were critical of her boss. Read more…

HR Insights, HR News & Trends

Study Should Make Us Reconsider Technology Implications on the Job

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A recent Pew Research Center report examines the impact that technology has on workers and provides some counter-intuitive data.

Digital Life in 2025: Technology’s Impact on Workers looks at a representative sample of adult Internet users and the role or impact of digital technology on their work lives.

The report helps to identify the role of technology in different areas of business, what certain workers find most valuable, and provides surprising perspective on the discussion of whether technology is keeping employees productive, or spreading them too thin and negatively pressuring them to stay constantly connected or “plugged in.” Read more…

Best of TLNT

More Employers Not Hiring Due to What They Find on Social Media

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Editor’s NoteIt’s a TLNT holiday tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 6. Our regular content will return next Monday.

CareerBuilder does a lot of surveys. Some of them are fun and some are silly, but sometimes, they have one that reveals something that makes you sit up and pay attention.

This is one of those attention-getting ones. Read more…

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

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Editor’s NoteIt’s a TLNT holiday tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 26. Our regular content will return on Jan. 5, 2015. 

“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. Read more…

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Top 10 Talent Trends That HR Pros Really Need to Know

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Editor’s Note: It’s a TLNT holiday tradition to count down the most popular posts of the past year. This is No. 38. Our regular content will return on Jan 5, 2014. Happy Boxing Day

CEB data show 10 trends that HR professionals should be aware of and four things to look out for in the next 12 months

Despite 73 percent of HR professionals viewing HR as a “strategic” function – that is, one that contributes to strategic business goals rather than a more humble ambition to “keep the business running” – only 52 percent have the talent data to prove HR’s value to the organization, or the data needed to inform business decisions. Read more…