In the last few years, companies have begun initiating and implementing social media policies for their employees to follow. These policies range from encouraging employees to use social media for marketing purposes to restricting the use of social media for employees in order to ensure that they do not hurt the company image. As these policies become more widespread, both the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have become concerned about the limits on speech and activity that employers are imposing on their workers. Further, in some states, laws are being passed to protect employees and potential employees from being required to disclose social media passwords during job interviews or after hire. Finally, many ethical concerns are being raised about the use of social media as a method of doing quick, informal background checks on potential hires or current employees.
For your Case Study this week, research the following questions and provide your findings in answers that are about 2-3 good paragraphs each.
The NLRB has made findings regarding the use of employee posts on social media sites to discipline or terminate those employees. Typically, these cases occur when an employee posts negative information about his or her current employer or boss. Sometimes, these are public, and other times, the employer uses spies or fake “friending” to see the Facebook page of the employee.
Find at least one case or article online regarding this topic, and briefly explain the facts of the case, and the determination of the NLRB as to whether the employee was properly or improperly disciplined or terminated as a result of his or her use of social media to complain about, criticize, or publicly bash his or her company or boss. Provide the citation to the article that you discover. (Use the term concerted activity in your query or search to help you find one of these cases.) (25 points)
Do you agree with the decision of the NLRB or court in the case that you described in Question 1 above? Why or why not? (15 points)
Assume that this case happened at a place where you have worked in the past, or where you work now (or want to work.) Give an example of how the decision in the case above could lead to better or worse employee relations in your company. (20 points)
Would a social media policy be a good method to help prevent instances such as those found in the case? Support your answer. If a social media policy were to be put in place, list three things that should be included in any policy and why you would include them. (25 points)
Here are several tips for successfully completing this Case Study.
You should incorporate information from the textbook, lectures, and discussions to support your position. In other words, tell me more than just your opinion. Provide some relevant facts from the course material to support your position.
Please use APA formatting in your papers this term (5 points). There is an APA handbook and tutorial links in the Syllabus. Our online librarians and Tutor Source are also good places for APA help. Or you can try the APA guide video in THElHUB.
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