Training employees in using social networking

Here is a fine article discussing the approaches employers need to take with social networking policies.  The author, Christy Hubbard, of Lewis & Roca makes the point that in drafting these policies, employers need to strike the right balance; not being too lenient or restrictive. 

One point I would add is that employers should include a training component along with their social networking policy.  Employees have every incentive to utilize social networking appropriately because what they reveal about themselves and their employer will be out there for the world and future employers to see.  And recent studies show that more and more employers are using social networking for screening purposes.   The more employees understand how important appropriate use of social networking impact them, the more compliant they will be.


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