Thanks to everyone who came out or tuned in to our Open Office event last night!
See below for a great photo from @icedcoffee
(Follow the rest of the social media action from the night here!)
The questions of what power employers should have over employees’ social media, and how employees can expect their social media presence to intersect/interact with their jobs, are thorny ones. We’ve never hosted the Open Office as a debate before, so let us know whether you think this format worked.
The discussion was dynamic and wide-ranging, but it’s an enormous topic, and there’s still so much more to say. We’d love to keep the conversation going and get even more perspectives on the forum.
The full stream:
8:38 – Carl talks about why employers should care about employees’ social media
10:20 – Frances considers how a company’s size and status impacts the guidance it should give employees, and how a CEO will face more scrutiny than an intern
11:48 – … but also, Holly points out, an intern might one day become a CEO
16:13 – Carl talks about how platforms have changed over time as well as their users
25:20 – advice from Carl’s mum: “legality isn’t a good enough argument to do something that’s morally grey.” Also, “Elon Musk should be held accountable for the ridiculous things he’s been saying on the internet.”
35:22 – does the common disclaimer “views my own” have any impact whatsoever? We ask Frances, a lawyer
We want to hear from you!
Some things I’m still thinking about are that I don’t think actually any such thing as a “private group” exists on the Internet; I’m also wondering whether the culture around social media mistakes of the past will change when in the not-too-distant future everyone in the workforce will have grown up online.
What do you all think?