Social media only has a positive side, really? NO.
Where has civility on social media gone to?
“In social media, the right ethics equals the right perspective and right thinking on how to leverage social media appropriately and how to engage people in the right manner. “ (@Cohn Carol)
What are business ethics in social media?
Are organizations carrying it too far by using social media to recruit talents?
Organization are increasingly reliant on social media as marketing or recruitment purposes, and there are several controversy regarding ethics. Now, should organization really incorporate social media as part of them and are they putting it into proper practices?
Read (Vol 25, no 2) an Ethiko article whereby an individual was jilted due to his online activities back then. In the previous topic, we critically discussed that employers are capitalizing on social media as a mechanism to assess their candidates before deciding their admittance. Leveraging on social media for recruitment may be beneficial for the organization, however, one must not compromise on freedom of speech and privacy.
Ken Muelier mentioned that individuals create social networking sites as individual desire community, connection and involvement with the real world. We thought that we have the right to do and say whatever we like on our personal social media because it’s our life experiences. However, now we no longer have the right to post whatever we like on social network, as it might affect our future adversely. Most of us are not aware of the fact that recruiters are watching our online activities and this might be the reason why individual couldn’t get a job.
Don’t we all humans have “Freedom of Speech” in this era? According to National Labour Board, freedom of speech gives employees a federally protected right to speak up at any places and it prohibits the punishment of workers. Sadly, even with this policy implemented, it will also cause us to lose a chance to get the desired job because companies are not differentiating between personal and professional social platforms –
(Source: Peter G Smith)
(Source: BBC Newsline)
The main point is words/actions on personal social media doesn’t determine a person’s professionalism. Why should companies base their recruitment decisions on our social activities? It is unfair and unethical for applicants to be penalized from getting a job due to their online activities. Alternatively, they should be provided a chance to explain their actions before the organization make their decision.
Watch video on how an employee is being forced to resign
YES, freedom of speech doesn’t implies that people won’t have to suffer the consequences of their words, but what about “Everybody deserves a second chance”? With reference to Justine Sacco, it’s repugnant to assert such racism remark which eventually caused a downturn in her life. Moreover, does she not deserve a second chance even after making a public apology?
There’s no doubt that an organization should conduct a thorough pre-employment check, but are they being ethical by digging into others’ personal lives? Additionally, do organization notify applicants that they will be searching for information on their social media sites? If not, it’s intrusion of privacy.
Do you know of a shocking fact?
In recent cases, some employers are requesting for applicants to provide their passwords to their social media sites. Organization should respect individual’s privacy, if a password is activated, it means that the person want to keep the information confidential. And by doing so, they’re risking the invasion of privacy laws. As such, companies need to exercise caution by incorporating social media monitoring policy or pre-employment guide (pg 8) as part of their recruitment policy to ensure that they are not getting hold of candidates’ information unethically.
I personally feel that it is unethical and a violation of our privacy to judge our competence to conform to job responsibilities by retrieving information from our personal social media profile. However, there is an exception for open-access platforms like LinkedIn as it is clear that candidates are open for social media screening on such platform. In conclusion, we should have the right to express ourselves freely, and shouldn’t be discriminated due to our personal online activities.
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