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HR consultant urges guidelines for social media in the workplace

HR consultant urges guidelines for social media in the workplace

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A recent Manpower study showed that of the companies that allow social networking in the office, only 20 percent have rules or policies.

H.R. Service Inc. CEO Ken Spencer is a bit shocked since Facebook and Twitter can take away from company time. He believes each business needs to set up clear rules.

Spencer, though, is on the tough end of the spectrum when it comes to social media rules. "I think that that type of social networking ... should be done on breaks or after hours or during lunch only," he says.

But he admits that if bosses want to set up less stringent rules, the guidelines should be clear, especially when it comes to length of time. Spencer says rules should also include what can be posted about the company.

He says, "If they are revealing confidential information -- pictures that reveal secrets -- that can be a problem."

If employees break the social media rules, Spencer says they need to be punished. He says coaching should be used at first and then maybe a denial of the benefits of using Facebook and Twitter at work.

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