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.
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