Sample Social-Media Policy

I’m often asked for a sample social-media policy. I’ve posted before (see below) about online repositories for such policies and encourage readers to review as many such samples as possible before putting pen to paper and actually drafting your own.  Below is a sample policy (a set of guidelines, actually) that is a good starting point for most organizations.  red file

There are numerous additional provisions that could be included but this covers what are the key points for employees’ use of social media.  Of course, if your organization is subject to additional legal obligations, such as those in the financial sector, additional considerations must be made to ensure compliance.  Your employment counsel can assist you in preparing your own internal guidelines.

Previous posts on social media in the workplace:

Social Media & HR Primer: 3 Key Tools

5 Non-Negotiable Provisions for Your Social-Media Policy

The 3 Principles for Social Media:  How to Be a Good Online Citizen

Sample Social-Media Guidelines

Social Media Is Here to Stay: Time to Start that Workplace Policy

Sample Social-Media Policy Ideas

Social Media Policies: What about my “friends”?

Friends Without Borders: State Off-Duty Conduct Laws and Facebook-Friending Policies

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