Social Media Policies in the Corporate World

August 8, 2009

It’s the buzz at the moment.  Web 2.0.  Social networking.  You know all the sites, I don’t have to list them again.  Though check out this blog post if you want to know more.

What I want to talk about is the restriction of them within the corporate world.  The pace of their development seems to have outstripped the policies controlling them, at least within the world I work in.  Other corporations seem to have been a little more foresighted with their creation.  Nonetheless, can documentation governing the use of a media platform ever hope to possibly keep up with something that is continually evolving? At the moment no.  So at my work, in some regional areas, there is a blanket blocking.

I can understand it.  And I believe it comes from higher up, that is external regulators are demanding we adhere to seemingly outdated restrictions.  Other types of business’ seem to be able to have a bit more control.  Another blogger has made some excellent points about the creation of policies being dictated by the employees that will be subjected to them.

So what can I, and we, do about it?  I’m currently involved in a pilot study at my job where the aim is to bring these collaboration tools into the workspace.  We can push the advantages.  We can use them outside of work for work purposes.  And we can continue to push the internal and external regulators to come up to speed.

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2 Responses to “Social Media Policies in the Corporate World”

  1. Matt Carter said

    We have a blanket ban on facebook and myspace. considering we use these sites everyday for our job a find that a little silly. we do have access to MSN Messenger and it makes things so much better and easier. i can understand why companies want to put blanket bans across these social media platforms though. think about this…you zone out and check your facebook in the desperate hope someone has posted on your wall. this eats 10mins of your day. say you do this 2 – 3 times a day. thats 30mins of your day lost and then when you times that by the number of employees a company has thats a lot of $$$ companies are losing in inefficiencies. there is no absolute rule for this one…

  2. Claudia said

    I tend to wonder how far the boundaries will be pushed… As much fun as it would be I’m used to not having access to Myspace or Facebook and if I did have access I wouldn’t see the need to use it for any good purpose. I’ve heard of agencies using such mediums as recruitment screening tools, but am undecided on how I feel about it. On one hand, it truly shows a person’s character or behavioural tendencies – but, at what point are we then discriminating these people against something that’s not part of your selection criteria?

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