Social Media’s Impact on Organizational Ethics

How do you think social media is impacting organizational ethics?

Social media, is playing a huge role in organizational ethics, no matter what anyone says. I definitely see it from a legal stand point. I have read case studies where employers have read their employees personal emails or text messages which imply or have negative remarks about the company they work for and so the employer tries to use that information to fire the employee. Unfortunately I do not believe that is ethical, and neither do most judges; it is an invasion of privacy. But if employees are using their business emails to make bad remarks about their employer, that information can and should be held against them.

Employees also need to be careful about what pictures and information they post on the internet. I definitely believe the human resource personnel and employer look at social media sites to find information about potential employees they might hire. If there are inappropriate photos or content about that individual that are not likely to be hired.

Social Media's Impact on Organizations

What recommendations might you make in this area and why?

Social media advancement is like a double edged sword. There are many positives to these types of marketing platforms, if they are used in a positive manner, because they are instantaneous and very effective. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are also a way for companies to get to “know” a potential employee before they make a hire, so make sure you put forth an effort to look professional in your online presence. Make sure your profile pictures are appropriate for that particular platform, your age and your profession. Use as many security measures as possible if you only want to share a certain photo album or post with family members or friends. Remember, once something is uploaded to the internet, it is always on the internet.

Also, circling back to the email issue. If you are at work, and assigned a work email (which most employees are), do not send personal emails to other individuals about your employer! I mean, that just seems like common sense to me?? Wait until you are at home and use your personal email account for any emailing that is not work related.

Sooner than later,

The Tiny Professional

13 Comment

  1. kungphoo says:

    I agree with you on some points, but at work people should not be doing anything too personal. I think if they are checking their phones or emails all the time, the employer has the right to know they are paying them for doing personal things. If its on a lunch break, or from time to time, then its ok.. The prying part is the employers right in my opinion since they are paying them to do work for them.

  2. Interesting implications for a new world market; safest of course is to abstain from any intermingling between personal and professional email or Internet useage. Is this practical? No.

    1. Felicia says:

      Dan I agree, which is why my suggestion was if you do feel the need to send an email to someone with negative information within it, then send it within the privacy of your own home, on your own computer, using your personal email account.

  3. Sam says:

    I work in social media and I think as adults we need to realize, any and everything you put online can be tracked! Don’t email negativity it will bite you in the butt!! That being said- no, it’s not ethical, unfortunately most of our society doesn’t care

  4. Michele says:

    I can not imagine anyone with so little brains as to send an email from a work account to a personal friend and saying bad things about the company. On the other hand I don’t think it is ethical for employers to search the onternet and hold whatever is on there against a prospective employee!!

  5. Amanda @ Erickson & Co. says:

    Interesting information. I never looked at this topic this way before. Thanks for sharing your opinions and views.

  6. Sandra says:

    Such a great issue to bring up. Some people need to think a little further.

  7. My Mom always told me not to put anything in writing I wouldn’t want to see on the front page of the paper. Seems that would work here, those people should be working and if they did do something personal they should expect it to be noticed.

    1. Felicia says:

      It’s sounds like your mom is one smart lady and I like her theory! It fits perfectly in this scenario. Don’t write an email you wouldn’t want the whole community reading.

  8. Stephen says:

    Thanks for the info! Learned a lot.

  9. Whenever I hear about someone being upset about being fired over the contents of an e-mail sent with a BUSINESS account, I can’t help but shake my head. This just seems like people should have better sense than to send ANY questionable content from company e-mail, let alone content SPECIFICALLY about the employer!

  10. Rosey says:

    Schools routinely search a student’s Facebook page too, if there’s a disciplinary matter at hand. And I’ve heard of the businesses doing it too. If you feel the need to post something that could burn you later, why not use the privacy features? Some of the things people post amaze me, and I’m not even their employer (or future potential employer).

  11. Alyssa C says:

    Thanks for the great information!

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