Social media in the workplace: Cybersecurity dos and don’ts for employees

For many of us, showcasing parts of our day-to-day on social media has become a staple of our everyday lives, and that includes our working lives. On one hand, it keeps our friends and acquaintances up to speed with what we’re doing without necessarily having to exchange messages; on the other hand, it introduces various risks that could affect our employers, colleagues or, indeed, ourselves. In the worst-case scenario, it could even jeopardize your employment should you breach company policies.

Indeed, one recent survey shows that most small business owners realize that their employees’ use of social media apps represents a cybersecurity threat. With the right approach, however, there are ways for employees to use social media without exposing themselves or their employers to unnecessary risks.

Do know your company’s policies

As an employee, you’d probably want to tout your company credentials and bona fides to boost either your profile, your company’s brand, or both. One of the quickest and best ways to do that is through social media platforms. And while you may be acting in good faith and trying to promote it, you may cause more harm than good (and even break some of your company’s internal rules).

If you want to post about your work or your employer, the best way to go about it is by going through your company’s guidelines and policies on social media. In case there aren’t any or you’re confused about what you can and cannot do, you should talk to a representative from your human resources department, who should be up to date on all the of the company’s policies. Read more:

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