Now you can b**** about your job on Facebook & get away with it!

As soon as Facebook use became ubiquitous, we started hearing about more and more people who have lost their jobs due to the service. There are plenty of stories, from those caught skipping work to attend a Halloween party, to those who just unloaded on their boss after a bad day. Although people tend to be careless, they are still entitled to voice their grievances to their co-workers and other people around them. That’s exactly what a Connecticut court ruled a few days ago, and that employers should not restrict their workers from talking about their jobs on social media sites.

So What is the Story?

You Guys and Gals are Safe Now

In 2009 Souza, an American Medical Response of Connecticut worker, was fired from her job after posting an expletive-filled status message on her Facebook complaining about her supervisor and job. The National Labor Relations Board picked up her case and filed a complaint against the company and won it. The ruling was that employees have the right, and the protection of the government, to express their opinions about their jobs and working conditions on social media sites. This will surely change quite a few thing when it comes to corporate acceptable internet usage policies in the USA.

10 Ways to Manage Your Social Media Staff

Managing new ventures usually takes on a different style from the “norm” and is often neglected. Often, certain aspects of employee motivation and control are not well planned thus leading to unsatisfied employees and an overall tensed working environment.

This phenomenon could be highly visible in your average office and even more noticeable in social media based companies, especially those with nothing but a virtual existence, where face-to-face communication with staff is rare and short-lived.

Managing Employees by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Managing Employees by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Therefore, from previous personal negative experiences in this regard, I would like to invite managers and employees working in social media to review my ideas of the top 10 ways to managing social media staff effectively.

1. Always keep a room for face-to-face communication:

It is always essential, even more so crucial, to keep room for face-to-face communication when working with social media whenever possible. By that, I don’t just mean regular meetings, I also mean Skype video conversations for those who are incapable of conducting offline meetings due to geographical locations or otherwise.

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