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Legal Social Media at Work Manager Version Training Course

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Understanding the impact and risks of social media use in both personal and professional settings.

11 minutes   |   SKU: ABCSOC-M    |    Language(s): EN    |    Produced 2014








11 minutes

Training Objectives

Recognize the blurred line between personal and professional social media use
Learn the types of content that should never be posted on social media
Understand the importance of obtaining permission before sharing content
Know the legal implications of sharing confidential or false information
Understand the specific risks managers face when using social media

Course Overview

Social media is a powerful tool that has integrated into both our personal and professional lives. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn allow us to communicate with friends, family, and coworkers instantly. While beneficial for enhancing brand image, marketing, and customer service, social media also poses significant risks. The line between personal and professional lives often blurs, making it crucial to share information cautiously. Posts are permanent and can have far-reaching consequences, including legal issues and reputation damage. Careless posts can lead to legal trouble, especially as attorneys increasingly use social media records in litigation.

It's important to use social media responsibly, never posting negative comments, unproven allegations, or offensive material. Avoid sharing confidential information, trade secrets, or anything that could be considered false advertising. Always seek permission before posting content involving coworkers, customers, or any work-related information. Social media use during work hours should be limited to personal breaks, and negative comments about your employer should be avoided.

Remember, your rights to privacy and free speech are limited in the workplace, and employers can access your social media activity. As a manager, be cautious about using social media in hiring or supervising employees to avoid legal liabilities.

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What are the benefits of social media in a professional setting?

Social media allows better service, enhances brand image, markets products, and facilitates communication with customers.

Why is the line between personal and professional social media use considered blurred?

Because social media networks often include a mix of family, friends, coworkers, and customers, making posted information accessible to all.

What kind of content is included in the "Never List" for social media posts?

Negative comments, unverified allegations, copyrighted materials without permission, confidential information, and offensive or inappropriate content.

Why should employees obtain permission before sharing certain content on social media?

To avoid legal issues related to copyright, privacy rights, and confidentiality agreements.

What should an employee do if they are unsure about posting certain information on social media?

Consult with a manager or the legal department to ensure compliance with company policies.

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