Blogging

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    As has been the case with most forms of social media, blogs (short for web log) have changed from being a tool primarily used by individuals to reflect about their personal lives to a wide ranging business communication device. The fact that nearly every major news outlet devotes a section of its website to the blogs of people...

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    Employee use of social media is only getting more time consuming, and more widespread, so HR needs policies and practices in place that control it in the workplace. But it's an evolving compliance landscape that can challenge even the most experienced HR pro. For example, the NLRB recently charged an ambulance company with wrongfully...
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    Alex Horton was a man with a grudge. A veteran of the Iraq war, he enrolled in his local community college on the GI Bill after he was discharged from the Army, hoping to pursue a career in journalism. However, problems in processing his GI education benefits at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) caused him great anxiety and stress. So...
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    In recent months, we have focused on employees' use of social media and the pitfalls that can befall employers that routinely access and monitor their employees' online communications. This month's article focuses on a related topic - the risks and rewards of checking job applicants' use of social media to assess their qualifications for a...
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    Learn how to prevent employee use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media from damaging your organization's reputation and how to legally monitor your "plugged-in" staff. The perils of Web 2.0 in the workplace... Vodafone recently suspended an employee for posting an obscene tweet on Vodafone's official Twitter customer service account...
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    Learn how Sun Microsystems, Intel, and other leading employers are developing social media policies that boost innovation, while controlling employee online activity. Let Jerry Stevenson, a communications specialist who works with Fortune 500 employers, show you how to create a policy that will help you legally monitor employee online activity and...
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    If your organization's anti-harassment policies aren't protecting against new 24/7 threats, your organization could be next on the EEOC's hit list. From quid pro quo to "textual harassment" to after-work behavior, there are several new "subtle" forms of sexual harassment occurring in today's work environment -- both during -- and after office...
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    Do your employees clearly understand their roles in your organization? A recent study by IDC/Cognisco reports businesses with 100,000 employees are losing $62 million per year as a result of workers who don't have a clear understanding of their jobs. Learn how top employers like Southwest Airlines, UPS, and Verizon are using social media to...
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