Dear Seniors & Peers, In present day scenario of near total immersion in various social networking services, it is very easy for employees (present & past) to take to social media to vent their views. While there is nothing wrong with that, the social media when used within a company is a double edged sword - can be used to motivate/engage teams or sow discontent.
It is almost a given that employees always form various "restricted membership" work related social media groups to chat on various topics. Such "closed" groups can be dangerous because generally people in decision making chain are kept out such groups and, as is common in social media, rumours, hearsay etc can spread like wildfire and lead to unpleasant situation. Management comes to know about such rumours, very rarely, when some discussions leak out of such "closed" groups or one detects changes in behavioral patterns and investigates.
In such a scenario,
a) would it be appropriate to have a policy specifically on Social Media Posts (not as a restriction but as an advisory) or should it be covered under the "Disciplinary Policy".
b) what would such a policy contain.
c) appropriate disciplinary actions when such detrimental posts come to the notice of management.
Would appreciate your valuable inputs.
Arun 5th January 2018 From India, Kochi