While social media can have significant benefits for organizations, the social media presences and postings of employees can be problematic for organizations. This is especially true when employees have connections to co-workers and managers. Workers posting content deemed inappropriate or detrimental to the organization has led to a significant number of workers being fired for their social media behavior. To avoid such situations, organizations should create social media policies to guide employee content. Organizational implementation of social media policy is on the rise, but serious questions remain as to how to make it effective. One crucial question is how well employees know and understand their employer’s policy. In this article, we discuss how to communicate social media policies to workers and help their understanding. To inform our recommendations, we draw on exploratory data from a sample of young adult workers regarding their knowledge of their own company’s social media policies.
Social media policies, Social media, Facebook, Young adults, Social networking
Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Internet Law | Labor and Employment Law | Organizational Behavior and Theory
Kimberly W. O'Connor, Gordon B. Schmidt, and Michelle Drouin (2016).
Helping workers understand and follow social media policies. Business Horizons. 205-211. Elsevier.