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Computer Safety Day

Computer Safety Day – 30th November 2011

All employers need to be aware of safety around computers including the issues around Social media.

Apart from managing the Health & Safety risks around the use of Display Screen Equipment (DSE’s), the use of computers also needs to

be managed correctly.

The use of Social Media websites is now a everyday norm in our working and personal lives and employers need to ensure they have informed their employees of acceptable usage.

With many of us using these sites to promote our business and engage with our customers allows our employees to access these on a professional basis.  However nearly a third of employers have disciplined staff for inappropriate behaviour on social media sites, according to a report suggesting employers fail to keep up with online developments.

The report ‘Knowing your tweet from your trend; keeping pace with social media in the workplace’, from law firm DLA Piper, found that most organisations recognise the value of a presence on sites such as Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter with 65 per cent of employers actively encouraging staff to use if for work.  But the report said employers were failing to protect themselves from the risks involved, as 21 per cent had needed to take action against staff for information posted on a social media site about colleagues and 31 per cent had disciplined staff for comments posted about their organisation.

The best way to provide a full understanding of your organisaitons expectations is to issue a policy to all employees.  This will ensure the accepted use of social media in the workplace.



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