"Blog" is an abbreviation of "weblog," which is a term used to describe websites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other websites.
We have all accepted such things as blogging, smart phones, email and the internet as part of our daily working lives. They help us to work more flexibly, stay in touch for longer and respond to each other more quickly.
However, some estimates report that misuse of the internet and social media by workers costs Britain's economy billions of pounds every year. And many employers are struggling with issues such as time theft, defamation, cyber bullying, freedom of speech and invasion of privacy.
In order to cope with the challenges posed by social networking at work, employers should:
- draw up a policy on social networking
- treat 'electronic behaviour' exactly the same as 'non-electronic behaviour'
- react reasonably to issues around social networking by asking 'what is the likely impact on the organisation?'
Contact Consensus Employment Law for further information on blogging.