List of Factors All Employers Should Consider Before Taking Any Disciplinary Action on Social Media Posts by Employees: [#SocialMediaPosts]

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List of Factors All Employers Should Consider Before Taking Any Disciplinary Action on Social Media Posts by Employees: [#SocialMediaPosts]

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Is there a policy in place? Have employees been warned that their use of social media will be monitored and could result in disciplinary action?

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What role does the employee have within the organization? Does their role require the use of social media on behalf of the company?

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Is the social media account personal to the individual, or is it a business or work-related account?

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Can the employee be easily identified as associated with the business?

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Does the post specifically identify the organization?

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What is the nature of the post?

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Is the information confidential or in the public domain?

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When was the post made, during work hours or in the employee’s own time?

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Has the post been deleted? If so, after how long?

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Who saw / could have seen the post?

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What impact did / could the post have on the employer’s business?

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Have there been other similar incidents and/or warnings to the employee concerned?

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How have other employee’s been treated in similar situations?

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Is there any relevant mitigation?

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How long has the employee been employed?

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What is the employee’s disciplinary record?

ADAPTED FROM:
‘All views my own’: Monitoring employees’ social media:
Personnel Today

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