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Are employees twittering the day away?


Whether they’re shooting off their own “tweets” or following others, workers using Twitter—the fastest-growing social networking site—are creating liability and PR risks with their 140-character rants, raves and company gossip. Advice: Draft a brief policy on  your organization’s expectations for employee’s use of Twitter and other social networking sites (plus video).

It’s time for a policy on employee Twittering


Whether they’re shooting off their own “tweets” or just following others, employees using Twitter—the fastest-growing social networking site—are creating liability and PR risks with their 140-character rants, raves and company gossip.

Extra cheese please, but hold the snot


As Michael Setzer stuck a piece of cheese up his nose and placed it on the Domino’s sandwich he was preparing, he mugged for Kristy Hammonds’ camera. After Hammonds’ video received more than 550,000 hits on YouTube, the pizza chain mobilized quickly to contain the damage.

Employers: ‘Keep Out!’ Beware intruding in employee web sites


It’s becoming a common problem: An employer discovers disparaging comments on an employee’s Facebook, MySpace or personal blog. Maybe a post reveals internal company information. Can the employer take disciplinary action? A series of new laws and evolving legal doctrines have placed limits on how far an employer can encroach on the private and off-site activities of its employees.

Ask 5 questions before implementing knee-jerk training cuts


Cutting training willy-nilly just to save money can create more problems than it solves. During economic downturns, companies need efficient, targeted training programs to improve productivity. And effective training positions companies to prosper as the economy recovers. To examine training programs and avoid eliminating those that do work, ask the following questions:

Google keeps the cool tools coming: 4 smart add-ons


Thanks to Google’s policy of allowing employees time each week to work on pet projects, the company is forever unleashing new tools to improve your googleability. These four new tools could make you more fluent, more efficient and better-informed.

Check your policy! No privilege when e-mailing lawyer from work


A New Jersey court has held that e-mails employees send to their attorneys via work computers are not protected by the attorney-client privilege. The court’s willingness to rule that an employer’s right to control how employees use its computer equipment trumps attorney-client privilege is significant. The decision makes it clearer than ever that employers should carefully consider the language they use in their employee handbooks.

Study: When workers leave, so does company data


More than half of employees (59%) who lost or left their jobs in 2008 took company data with them, according to a study by Symantec and the Ponemon Institute. Of those who admitted taking data, 61% had an unfavorable view of their former employers.

Secretly recording co-workers: A firing offense?


Q. Some employees discovered that a co-worker has been secretly recording conversations with them and a supervisor. They’re complaining about the invasion of privacy. The company president’s first reaction was to have the employee arrested, but I’m not sure he broke any laws. Should we contact police?

Ignore privacy protests: You can review detailed call records from company cell phones


Steelcase Inc. gave employee Patrick Morrissey two cell phones: one for business and one for personal use. Both billing statements went to his boss because Steelcase paid both bills. But the boss confronted Morrissey when he reviewed the bills and noticed Morrissey had made personal calls on company time …