ACAS guidance on social networking

Posted: 13th September 2011

facebookIncorrect use of the Internet and social networking tools has led to many employers having to deal with issues such as time theft, defamation, cyber bullying, freedom of speech and the invasion of privacy.

It is not surprising, therefore, that a recent survey, carried out by research company Clearswift, revealed that 29 per cent of UK companies have opted either to block or discourage the use of social media tools in the workplace.
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has now issued several fact-sheets offering practical tips for employers on how to manage the impact of the use of social networking tools at work. These cover:
  • Managing performance;
  • Recruitment;
  • Discipline and grievances;
  • Bullying; and
  • Defamation, data protection and privacy.
There is also a useful guide on how to develop a social networking policy.
For further information, see ACAS.