Social Media Policy – Part 7 – Commenting and Posting on Topics Related to Work

In addition to personal use of social media tools generally, employees may participate in and comment on discussions, news stories, blog posts, etc. that deal with topics related to the organization.  The organization should consider how such interaction using social media tools might impact the organization.  In addressing this issue, the organization should consider whether and under what circumstances employees’ use of social media tools to respond to topics, such as blog posts, related to the organization may be appropriately constrained; or should the organization leave its concerns in this area to the general common sense discretion of its employees?

What is the best policy for an orgainzation in this case?  Should organization say anything about indirectly work related issues?  Or should the organization rely on the best judgment of employees?

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One response to “Social Media Policy – Part 7 – Commenting and Posting on Topics Related to Work

  1. I’m an active blogger of all things Coast Guard, as I’m also an Active Duty member of the USCG. I’ve been very impressed with the actions taken by the public affairs staff and their willingness to embrace a policy of “if you own it you can talk about it.” Simply stated- you’re encouraged to write about and discuss issues of the CG throughout the internet and not just approved websites.

    If anyone’s interested you can see their policies here. Keep up the great work both here and on GovLoop Brian… you’re proving to be a site of interest for me and the small social media circle in the CG.

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