Walter Devins, Attorney
There is a lot of talk right now about how to effectively draft a Social Media Policy for your company’s Employee Handbook. Does your company have one?
There are a lot of different viewpoints out there; as there are with anything. However, there is one article that is so ridiculous I would be remise if I did not point it out to you. The following link is to a “Inc. Magazine” article that suggests Employee Handbook’s have a policy for each type of Social Media communication. In essence creating 18 different sub-policies for Social Media. Even this lawyer (me) thinks this is way over-lawyered. http://www.inc.com/guides/2010/05/writing-a-social-media-policy.html
I believe companies can help themselves and their employees by creating a Policy that:
- Describes overall what Social Media is and how this policy will apply to it.
- Sets the limits on what can be accessed on company equipment (Computers and Mobile Phones).
- Limitations on employees representing the company.
- Limitations on revealing confidential information.
To sum it up, companies need to have a Social Media Policy, but it should be short concise and to the point.
Harrison & Devins, PA