Keep an Eye on Employee Texting, Blogging, Twittering and More

BDP8ZAPF2ZEmployers naturally want to provide employees with the tools that enable them to do their jobs more quickly and efficiently.  But there are growing concerns in the business community about employees who use technology in ways that can harm their employers.

During the work day and after hours, your staff members undoubtedly use cell phones and other mobile devices.  They may post confidential information on social media websites, write their thoughts about colleagues on blogs, text while driving to business meeting or reveal embarrassing facts on online message boards.

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Navigating the Social Media Minefield

mobile-phone-426559_1280Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and blogs can be powerful business tools.  But they can also carry risks, including inadvertently disclosing corporate trade secrets or engaging in behavior that can harm your company’s reputation.

These concerns, combined with obligations to maintain confidentiality and worries about employee productivity, have prompted some businesses to block or severely limit access to social networks on the job.  Other companies, however, are embracing the new technology and urging employees to use it to its fullest.

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