Here’s what Dave had to say about HR’s complicated relationship with social media:
When does it make sense for an employee to get involved in an employee’s social media activity?
“If an employee uses social media to do something illegal, like selling drugs, or expresses thoughts of life-threatening behavior, the company should become involved…Companies are also more likely to become involved if the employee used company property for the activity or conducted that activity on company time.”
Employer scrutiny may vary based on an employee’s role
“[Public] figures or those who use social media as part of their professions can undergo harsher scrutiny even for the personal postings. It’s important for employers to set expectations for employees. “Having a well-thought-out social media policy will help, but as new social media forums continue to develop, the area will stay fuzzy.”