On social media and the workplace.

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An interesting, and important, article (“Even if It Enrages Your Boss, Social Net Speech Is Protected”) from today’s New York Times:

Employers often seek to discourage comments that paint them in a negative light. Don’t discuss company matters publicly, a typical social media policy will say, and don’t disparage managers, co-workers or the company itself. Violations can be a firing offense.

But in a series of recent rulings and advisories, labor regulators have declared many such blanket restrictions illegal. The National Labor Relations Board says workers have a right to discuss work conditions freely and without fear of retribution, whether the discussion takes place at the office or on Facebook.

The article goes on to mention the case of a police reporter at The Arizona Daily Star who was fired for what the N.L.R.B. says were “offensive” tweets, such as one that read: “‘What?!?!?! No overnight homicide. … You’re slacking, Tucson.'”

What are your thoughts on social media and the workplace?

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