On one hand, it’s understandable. After all, it can be embarrassing for a business if one of its representatives posts offensive content or does something illegal via social media. Employers can even get into legal trouble for their workers’ actions. Advocates of the practice say that it’s necessary to protect companies’ reputations, confidential information, and is an inevitable byproduct of the Internet age (Times, 2015).
The source I selected is a column in the business section of the Times magazine that talks about why regulation of social media at work is a bad idea. I am interested in the effects of the use of social media at work so all I had to do was to put that in the search engine and it popped up. It is a reliable source and that is what you would expect of a reputable magazine such as the Times even though is not an academic journal.
The paragraph I have copied and pasted supports my position that the use of social media site such as Facebook and twitter does more bad than good for a company. The use and importance of these sites on personal lives shave been greatly documented: they ease communication and increase one’s social cycle (Kaplan & Haenlein, 2010) but the effect far outweigh the benefits when it comes to work related environment.
For the start time wasted on social media sites cannot be recovered and in case an employee sensitive information the image of a company may be hurt and it may also attract legal trouble for the company.
The use of social media by employees at work can put a company in trouble legal and it can also be a source of embarrassment if an offensive post is shared. Advocates urge the protection of a company’s confidential information and image and reputation by regulating use of social media (Times,2015)
Kaplan, A. M. and Haenlein, M. (2010) ‘Users of the world, unite! The challenges and opportunities of social media’, Business Horizons, Vol. 53, Issue 1: pp.59-68
Kumar, S. (2015). Why Monitoring Employees’ Social Media Is a Bad Idea. Retrieved March 11, 2016, from http://time.com/3894276/social-media-monitoring-work/