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Social search, for employers

Last week’s SmartBrief on Workforce poll: Do businesses have a right to know how employees portray themselves online?

  • No, 52%
  • Yes, 48%

Social media continues to erode the boundaries we once assumed existed between personal and professional life. Our readers were equally divided on how much poking around employers should be doing in their workers’ online lives. My take? Workers should assume anything they share on a social networking site will be seen by their supervisors and colleagues — and that goes for material hidden behind privacy settings. At the same time, managers should be judicious about how they use any information they come across online. Much of what is shared on personal social networking sites is simply irrelevant to someone’s competence at their job.
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