Social Media, Employment and Ethics

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Social media and employment has been a steadily increasing topic of conversation over the most recent years. Cases of termination from employment as a result of social media discrepancies have become prevalent. Social media has caused the business climate to shift. Robert Freeman makes mention in Strategic Management, about the “acceleration of new technologies.” He mentions a prediction of change in major social issues due to those new technologies. Most businesses are now using social media as a marketing avenue. As a result, they are monitoring their employee’s social media activities more than ever before. My objectives are to provide a social media overview, compare and contrast the opposing perspectives in relation to documented social media related employment termination cases and define the connect between social media, employment, and ethics. In order to understand the influential impact of social media on business you must first understand its definition. What is social media? Its true definition is constantly evolving. Its uses continuously change and expand. Merriam Webster dictionary defines social media as, “forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos).” Their definition provides the most common general overview of the science that is Social Media. However, the true definition of social media is in the mind of the individual. I personally define Social Media as any electronic communication that allows freedom of speech and ideas. It relieves people of the constraints of social conformity and allows them to make submissions based o... ... middle of paper ... ...lebees-fired/>. "Mashable." Mashable. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2013. . "" South Jersey Newspapers -. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2013. "NLRB Outlines Employers' Social Media Policy Dos and Don'ts." - Spilman Thomas and Battle. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2013. "Social Media in the Workplace Creates New Legal Risks, Contributed by David Barron, Cozen O'Connor." - Bloomberg Law. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2013. "Social Media." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2013. "The History of Social Networking." Digital Trends. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2013. Vinjamuri, David. "Ethics and the Five Deadly Sins of Social Media." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 03 Nov. 2011. Web. 09 Dec. 2013. "Yes, Your Employees Use Social Media. Now Stop Spying on Them. BY Suzanne Lucas." N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2013.
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