Social Media and Mobile Use Policies

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David Strom, business channels editor for ReadWriteWeb (RWW) has written two thoughtful posts on the issue of social media and mobile devices in the workplace. In his most recent post on the subject, he discusses policies on bringing your own mobile devices to work, and how they should be used. Because they will likely be used for social media, then you also need a social media policy, the subject of an earlier post.

Companies face a dilemma over employees bringing their mobile devices to work. Do you restrict their use, in the name of security and distraction from working? If so, employees will go off and have a “social media break” instead of a smoke break, just outside their building. If you ban mobile devices in the workplace, and issue company owned smartphones or tablets, the company is facing a huge expense. So, the points made in David Strom’s post are well worth reading.

If you haven’t formulated policies in this area, you may want to check out David’s post on social media policy, published in May. He points to another article by Chris Boudreaux who has compiled a list of 170 templates for social media policies in organizations. If you need to address this important topic in your workplace, these three posts are a great place to start.

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Gary Woodill is a senior analyst with Float, as well as CEO of i5 Research. Gary conducts research and market analyses, as well as assessments and forecasting for emerging technologies. Gary is the co-editor of "Mastering Mobile Learning," author of “The Mobile Learning Edge,” and the co-author of “Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds.” He also presents at conferences and is the author of numerous articles and research reports on emerging learning technologies. Gary holds a doctor of education degree from the University of Toronto.

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