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HC Online | 30 Jan 2012, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Practical jokes, skylarking at work and workplace gossip have always been around, but with the advent of social media, such behaviour is increasingly being played out in a very public arena. Tim Longwill and Peta Shanahan consider the pitfalls of social media and the workplace.
  • Bernie Althofer | 31 Jan 2012, 12:22 PM Agree 0
    Workers should also be aware that in some cases, some individuals within organisations take great pleasure in 'printing off' comments made on a social media site and putting them under the bosses door. I suspect there could be office politics involved in this type of behaviour. However, it appears that individuals need to know who they 'friend' and to ensure that they have appropriate controls e.g. privacy settings in place. It is perhaps timely to remember that if you don't like your workplace, putting inappropriate comments into cyber space is probably not going to help your cause. If you don't know what the social media policies are in your workplace are, ask someone e.g. supervisor or line manager, and if they don't know, it could be an issue. In times past, cyber bullying was called cyber stalking.
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