These days with so many people participating in Social Media sites – both business related and private – companies should have a clear Social Media Policy in place to set up the guidelines for employees’ use of such sites. While people have the right to do as they choose with their private time and in their private lives, it should not include releasing information about the company they work for which might not be beneficial to the company’s interests.

Our Social Media Policy provides employees with rules and guidelines concerning the appropriate use of Social Media and what they may or may not publish about the company on the Internet.

Having such a policy in place helps to protect both the business and the employee; the employee will be aware that revealing information about the company or speaking on behalf of the company may be prohibited and that the policy must be adhered to. Not following these guidelines could result in disciplinary or legal action or there could be serious repercussions.

The Social Media Policy is an important document that should be signed by all employees upon starting work. We have prepared a basic guideline policy that can be tailored to the requirements of the specific organization.

Your Social Media Policy may also be posted on your company’s webpage and/or Intranet site where it may be referred to by employees.

Click on one of the buttons below to either download Social Media Policy templates that you may use and modify, or you may elect to generate a Social Media Policy using our simple, fast online policy generator. The code generator will generate both the text for your custom policy as well as the html code that you may copy and paste directly into your site or blog.

Click here to use our free policy generator tool and generate your Social Media Policy online. You can also get the HTML for your policy to cut and paste it into your blog or website.

What are the risks?

Employees may undermine the efforts of the company’s Public Relations Department and/or begin rumors which may damage the company’s reputation, share price or market image. Employees must take care not to speak on behalf of the company unless they are officially authorized by the company to do so – usually someone in the PR Department. When someone posts something on the Internet, even if it is a social networking site or non-business related, they have published information about the company. This policy makes them aware of the ground rules and is essential in the Internet age.