The Effects Of Social Media On The Workplace

1848 Words Sep 15th, 2016 8 Pages
INTRODUCTION

Today we cannot go about our everyday lives without encountering some form of social media. The popularity of social media has grown as a result of the rapid changes in technology as computers are now more mobile and can be used virtually anywhere. Companies are increasingly using social media as a new way to reach customers more effectively and to spread news of their activities more rapidly. The negative use of social media has also brought new challenges to today’s workplace. One of these is the apparent addiction that today’s generation has to Facebook and other social media applications like Twitter and Instagram.

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE WORKPLACE IN AUSTRAILIA

The use of social media during work hours, particularly when accessed via a personal cell phone, brings a new set of challenges to employers in Australia.

Issues include the inappropriate use of social media for personal use, defamation, harassment, misleading and deceptive conduct and uncertainty over the ownership of intellectual property such as blogs and contact lists. Though employers are not in control of the use of social media itself with regard to what is and not published, they can control the conduct of their employees during work hours. Social media now presents a real legal threat to employers, and it is an absolute must for businesses to have dedicated and well-communicated social media policies governing the usage of these technologies

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