About our blog author: Stephanie Hamelmann, is the Corporate Recruiter for FORUM Credit Union.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Purdue University.  Prior to recruiting for FORUM, Stephanie worked for a local staffing company fulfilling the recruiting needs for various companies in the Indianapolis Area.  Stephanie is continually searching for opportunities to build her network with other HR professionals in Indianapolis.

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Social media use in the workplace has become a fact of life.  It has helped many organizations with recruiting, client development, branding, etc.  Although many organizations have embraced social media in their corporate culture, it has not come without headache.

Is it allowable to discipline an employee who routinely criticizes his supervisor on Facebook?

What do you do if you have an employee call in sick to work and then ‘Tweets’ about the great time she is having with friends at the pool? Or what do you do when an employee reveals confidential information in a blog entry that can be viewed by millions of readers?

As we all know, with opportunity comes risk.  However, by anticipating the risks of employees’ social media use and crafting an appropriate policy, employers can focus on the opportunities social media has to offer.

The first step in managing the risks is implementing an appropriate policy for social media use.  To get started, join us on Thursday, July 28th from 11:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m. for “Social Media in the Workplace – Legal Risks, Company Policies & How to Plan Ahead” hosted by the IndySHRM SMA Forum.  Topics discussed will include, why it’s important to have an official Social Media Policy, how to protect your company, and so much more.  Register today @ www.indyshrm.org