ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Business and Employment»
  • Employment & Jobs

About the Use of Social Media and the Internet in the Workplace

Updated on March 19, 2016
Can I use my business laptop for social media contacts and personal emails?
Can I use my business laptop for social media contacts and personal emails?

Use of social media has rapidly become one of the most popular means of communicating online but it's important for all workers to think carefully about what may or may not be termed acceptable use. Using social media can be a minefield for any employee and you should be mindful of what you are posting whether you happen to be in the workplace or elsewhere at times you make any comments or posts.

Acceptable Use of Social Media in the Workplace

Every employer has different regulations in place to govern the use of social media in the workplace. Before using social media at work, it's a good idea for every worker to find out exactly what policy is in place and work to the guidelines provided by your employer.

Some businesses produce their own Facebook or social media pages which they are happy for employees to access during working hours, to communicate with other members of the team, in the way the "water cooler" has always been used for chat between employees.

Your employer can legally monitor your use of computers and your Internet activities while you are at work. Most employers carry out this activity as a matter of course. Inappropriate use of the Internet can result in viral infections, loss of bandwidth for company business and a variety of more serious problems for employers.
Misuse of social media in the workplace can result in the loss of productivity that is due to your employer. It may also lead to inappropriate communications between employees and people external to your workplace. Employees commenting in a disparaging fashion about their job or employer may cause harm to the reputation of the company or brand or could unwittingly pass on confidential information or cause security breaches. When there is a confidentiality clause or non-disclosure agreement in place between the employer and workers, it is possible that inappropriate use of social media is a violation of the agreement.


Can my boss fire me if I use the work computer for personal shopping or social media?
Can my boss fire me if I use the work computer for personal shopping or social media?

What Rights does My Employer Have Over my Internet Use

Your employer also has rights to monitor your personal email to a certain extent, although the following laws do protect your personal correspondence in some ways: Federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act; 18 U.S.C. § 2511; Electronic Communication Storage Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2701; Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1030

Your employment can be terminated legally when you use the Internet inappropriately, particularly if your use could be termed sexual harassment or you download pornographic materials of any kind. Using the Internet for shopping and other personal activities can also lead to being fired from your job. While inappropriate posts on websites, blogs or social media that are deemed harmful to your employer are also cause for termination of employment. Employees claiming the rights of the First Amendment to say or do as they please on the Internet in the workplace have found this is not enacted within the workplace, only government employees have rights to free speech and these are limited.

If you have any doubts or worries about the use of social media in the workplace, don't rely on speaking with employee peers. Talk to your manager or the HR department and find out exactly what policies are in place. This is for your protection, as well as your employers.

If you have any doubts or worries about the use of social media in the workplace, don't rely on speaking with employee peers. Talk to your manager or the HR department and find out exactly what policies are in place. This is for your protection, as well as your employer's.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)