ACAS Offers Guidance on Social Networking Policy


ACAS, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, has published guidance for employers on the use of social media in the workplace.

ACAS offers guidance on social networking policy

According to ACAS, it estimates that the misuse of the social media by workers costs the British economy billions of pounds every year.

ACAS have produced a number of fact sheets to offer practical tips on how to manage the impact of social networking on managing performance, recruitment, discipline and grievances and bullying.

The guidance also provides assistance to employers on how they should respond to the challenges posed by social networking.

New research from the Institute for Employment Studies, commissioned by ACAS, advises employers to:

  • Draw up a policy on social networking
  • Treat "electronic behaviour" in the same way you would treat "non-electronic behaviour"
  • React reasonably to issues around social networking by asking "what is the likely impact on the organisation"

A full copy of the guidance can be found here.

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