Social Media for Employers – Part Five: Things Staff Shouldn’t Do

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This is the fifth and last blog in CompliSpace’s five-part blog series designed to help employers understand, and then manage, their Social Media Risks.  The other blogs in the series are:

Social Media for Employers – Part One: What are Your Risks?

Social Media for Employers – Part Two: Managing Your Social Media Risks

Social Media For Employers – Part Three: Drafting a Social Media Policy

Social Media for Employers – Part Four: Things Staff Should Do

In Part One of this series we outlined 10 social media risk scenarios that employers may face. We followed this up in Part Two explaining that the concept of a stand alone “Social Media Policy” is actually a misnomer and that in order for such a policy to be effective, it must be part of a coordinated and properly documented human resources management strategy. In Part Three we looked at issues employers may face when drafting a Social Media Policy and in Part Four we set the context for considering Social Media Do’s and Don’ts and highlighted 10 Social Media Do’s that employers may ask their staff to follow when using their own personal social media accounts.

If you haven’t read Parts One, Two, Three or Four it’s worth going back and checking them out because they set the context for this blog.

What we are focusing on in this blog series are the types of Do’s and Don’ts that employers may wish to provide to their staff as guidance for their own social media usage.

To Get You Started Here are 5 Social Media Don’ts Employers May Ask Staff to Follow

When using personal social media accounts, staff should ensure that they:

  • Do not disclose any information they have gained through their employment that is commercially confidential.
  • Do not engage in any activity that reflects poorly on their employer.
  • Do not post negative comments with respect to any fellow staff members, directors, clients/customers, suppliers, or others associated with their employer (including competition).
  • Do not post material that is obscene, defamatory, threatening, discriminatory or hateful to another person or entity where they are in anyway associated with their employer.
  • Do not use their employers logos, trademarks or other intellectual property.

We hope you found this Five Part Social Media Blog Series valuable. We had fun writing it.

As always if you have any comments and/or feedback we’d love to hear from you.

What Can CompliSpace Do To Help?

CompliSpace delivers a series of enhanced Social Media policies and online training courses as part of our comprehensive suite of online human resources programs, policies and procedures.  These are not template documents but rather policies and procedures that are specifically designed to be tailored to the needs of your organisation and integrated with other online content modules. For more information please visit or contact us on +61 2 9299 6105 or

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