As we said on Monday, during the festive season many businesses organise Christmas parties, lunches and after work drinks for their employees to attend. Whilst no one wants to dampen the fun atmosphere it is worth reminding your employees of the company’s social media policy and specifically the following points:

-       Employees should not post material on social media sites that could adversely affect the company’s reputation.

-       Employees should be careful when posting material on social media sites whilst under the influence. Risqué photos with colleagues or comments made about colleagues may seem funny at the time but in the cold light of day they could in fact be acts of harassment or discriminatory behaviour for which the employer may be liable. 

-       Unacceptable behaviour (i.e. a breach of the policy) will be dealt with in accordance with the company’s disciplinary policy.
With the growing use of social media it is a good idea to keep your policy up to date. If you do not have a social media policy or you would like your policy reviewed, the employment team at Cripps would be happy to help.

Emma Clements