To Tweet Or Not To Tweet

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 10:41am

Companies finding it harder to stop social networking on the job.

Popular networking sites like Twitter and Facebook are forbidden at many workplaces, but that's not stopping people from logging on.

Blocking the sites doesn't necessarily block access.

Smart phones give 24-7 access to social media.

"I think they have to be very careful because if a company has a policy that you do not use Facebook, blogs whatever on company time and they're using that even on their own phones on company time, that could be a real problem," says Eleta Jones, Associate Director of Center for Professional Development at the University of Hartford. "Any employee really needs to know what the policy is of the company, they need to understand that."

Your boss doesn't have to be a detective to figure out when you were on Twitter or Facebook.

"It is time stamped so they can say hey that's a time when they were supposed to be working. It can be grounds for being fired if you are doing something that's against company policy," Jones points out.

If you're eating lunch or on break, that's personal time, so you should be okay, but again every company policy is different.

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