Social or Anti-Social: An Employer’s Right to Know About an Employee’s Social Media Activity

The events of Jan. 6 took many people by surprise. Yet investigations into the social media activity of those plotting and participating in the infiltration of the Capitol showed the warning signals were literally and figuratively on the wall.

What if an employee of yours was posting that kind of rhetoric on social media sites? Would you want to know? If you did know, what could you do?

Screening your employee’s social media activity is a proverbial slippery slope. There’s the argument that what they do on their own time is their business, but there’s an equally valid point that the behavior of your staff can reflect on your company and even damage its brand.

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