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Establishing Policies for Social Media Useage in the Workplace

This MBA level essay focuses on managing the use of social media in the workplace. The intent of this essay is to provide an in-depth analysis of how social media is a rapidly growing phenomenon that has very little legal oversight and makes managing it very difficult. This essay also points out the pros and cons of using social media as an organization and helps to identify the key things to focus on for implementing rules and policies related to its use.


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This solution is over 2200 words in APA format with references. It focuses on the topic of establishing business policies that can help manage the use of social media in the workplace. The intent of this essay is to clearly point out the pros and cons and help identify things to consider carefully before implementing policy. Also the laws and current legislation on this subject are referenced as a guide.


Social Media in the Workplace

The purpose of this executive summary is to research and reviewed the use of a specific social issue that is rampant within our modern society. This issue is the use of social media in the workplace. Specifically this review will focus on employers HR policies that are related to printing the use of social media by employees both at work and in their private lives. With the rapid advancement of technology platforms placing communication at employee's fingertips via their cell phones or other devices, monitoring how employees are interacting on websites such as Facebook or Twitter can be very difficult. Also many companies have policies that prohibit the use of company intranet and computer systems being used for browsing and posting to social media (Alder,, 2007).

So the overall scope of this research is to provide an overview of the use of social media by employers and their employees and focus on potential risks that could exist in the workplace. This research will also focus on the role of human resources and policing employees use of social media and give insights into the development of policies and procedures as it relates to use of social media.


In today's society the exploding growth of social media has had a tremendous impact on the way that people communicate both at home and in their work environments. The common social media applications that are being used by employees both at work and at home are popular websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and various other groups are blogs. The use of the social media outlets not only changes the way people communicate but it offers both advantages and disadvantages for businesses in key areas such as external and internal communications, public relations and media, hiring and recruiting, training and organizational learning's, and many more applications.

For many businesses, it is common to have a company Facebook page or Twitter account that is commonly used for general communications, company updates and information, recruiting tools, and general engagement between the company and its employees or customers. Having these accounts gives a business the ability to have a strategic real-time tool to quickly reach out and touch a very broad group of employees or other groups. By utilizing the social media outlets, companies now have tools that give them instant collaboration which can often lead to improved work production and efficiencies when used appropriately (Gray, 2014).

However there are also disadvantages that are being presented as new challenges for HR managers within the social media realm. The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) notes that many companies are reporting potential issues being created when employees are spending a vast majority of their time at work playing on their personal social media accounts which leads to downtime or lost productivity. Additionally there are many concerns about employees sharing company related information in public social media spaces which could lead to data security issues and network security issues.

In addition to these security and legal ...

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This 2,200 word essay is in APA format and focuses on the management and use of social media in the workplace. In this solution the pros and cons of social media are identified and considered along with the current laws and legislation that exist. All reference material is listed for the reader as a guide.