Some companies have applied traditional methods to the problem of social media at work: the soft approach attempts to monitor and regulate via policies; and the hard approach simply slams the door on employee access and use with a heavy hand. Neither of these works particularly well. The former will almost certainly lead to employee confusion and efforts—either intentional or not—to circumvent the policy, and the latter will likely result in discontented employees finding other ways to work around the blockade. In addition, both are difficult, if not impossible, to enforce fully; and attempts to bypass or evade controls could even lead to damage of physical or virtual IT resources.
If you're reading this blog post, I'll bet that you're at work, on company time. Should you feel bad about that? I'd like to believe that what you're reading has value, and will add to your understanding of today's workplace and HR practices, and maybe that's justification enough. But I wouldn't be surprised if, besides reading blogs, you also looked at your Facebook account and maybe even sent a few tweets while at work. What's your justification for that?
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