Know Your Rights - Social Media

THINK before you post, like, share, send, tweet, re-tweet, snap-chat or instagram! 

Recently, the SDA's attention has been turned towards social media policies in the workplace in particular where there has been an increase in disciplinary action (and is some cases terminations) due to social media issue breaches in the workplace.

 In our society, most people understand that the employer/employee relationship is a contract whereby labour and services are exchanged for salary or wages.  We also generally believe that this relationship should be a professionally respectful one where the respect flows 'both ways'.  This seems to be a pretty simple understanding.  Most reasonable people would also agree that walking up to your employer and making rude, offensive and disparaging comments about them, your colleagues or the company you work for is probably not a good idea.  It is understood if this were to happen, then disciplinary action would most likely take place.

However a large portion of society thinks that using their social platform to share these sentiments is ok as it is their private right to air grievances about work in their own space.

SDA Officials have attended numerous investigations, formal discussions and terminations around social media breaches by our members.


When you make the decision to write, share, post, remark, like, upload etc on social media your sentiments are no longer private!


Companies are becoming increasingly vigilant around the activities of their employees on social media as they are guarding the reputation of their brand.  It is not uncommon for companies to pay third parties to routinely trawl through the internet to see what is being said about their company on private and public sites.  If you have identified where you work and then have commented about it or posted or tagged a picture of yourself wearing your company logo then please be aware that this can be traceable.


 A simple 'throw away' statement or what is intended as a joke about work to you may not been seen in the same way by the employer.


Some of the terminations recently could have been totally avoided if the members understood that their comments were not private, that they were traceable and they can be used as evidence in disciplinary actions.


To protect yourself at work follow a few basic tips:


-brush up on your company's social media policy and be aware of breaches

-attend to your phone during breaks and outside of work hours

-make sure that emergency contacts have your work number and not just your mobile

-be mindful of who you are connected to in the workplace

-please set your settings to 'private' on Facebook (however this is no guarantee of privacy)

-try to exercise common sense and take a second to think before you disperse your thoughts into cyber space.


Put simply, if you wouldn't say it or show it straight to someone's face (or your Granny) then please don't put it on social media.











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