How Social Networking Is Changing Hr Practices

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MG4027 Meadhbh Teegan Long 102088584 Word count: 2048 How Social Networking is changing HR practices. It is fairly safe to say that the internet has changed the way we operate our personal and business lives. The more current issue is that social media has changed the way we organise our social and professional calendars and the way in which we correspond with others, both business and non-business. The continuing growth of social networks such as MySpace, LinkedIn, Facebook etc. has significant ramifications for employers. In the ever advancing information age, social networks have become the newest tool of the HR manager. But just how useful can they really be to a HR manager? It is important to note that there are a…show more content…
From a HR point of view, this can be both a friend and a foe. While it offers us a much better picture of the candidate, it does not always present an accurate idea of their lifestyle. We 've all heard the urban legends of people who posted inappropriate things about their employer or colleagues on Facebook, MySpace etc and got into serious trouble when their employer saw it. But does this really happen? In Genova’s No Place to Play, we are told that this is becoming a more common criterion for termination. Employers are learning that these social networking sites are a great way to “keep an eye on” employees. Genova highlights the lack of legislation in the area. While the employee’s right to privacy and other various older laws are relevant, there are few specific regulations on this monitoring behaviour. A large number of employers assume that it is acceptable to view and, where necessary, use information gained from social networking sites in recruiting and disciplining employees as long as specific laws (e.g., civil rights laws) are not violated (Roberts & Roach 2009). Without any legal understanding on the issue, surely it then becomes the responsibility of the employer to come up with a method of defining the terms of use. Companies
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