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Social media policy

Reviewed 17 September 2021

A social media policy is a  code of conduct that provides guidelines for employees who post content on the internet either as part of their job or as a private person.

The goal of a social media policy is to set expectations for appropriate behaviour, and ensure that an employee's posts will not expose the company to legal problems. 

Social media

1. Scope

This policy covers all employees and others including consultants, contractors, and casual and agency staff. Breach of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. Any misuse of social media should be reported to the IT department.

Questions regarding the content or application of this policy should be directed to the IT department.

This policy is not contractual, and we may amend it at any time if it considers it appropriate to do so.

2. Background

This policy covers all forms of social media, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Wikipedia, other social networking sites, and other internet postings, including blogs. It applies to the use of social media for both business and personal purposes, during working hours and in your own time to the extent that it may affect the business of the Company.

Whilst we recognise the benefits which may be gained from appropriate use of social media, it is also important to be aware that it poses significant risks to our business. These risks include disclosure of confidential information and intellectual property, damage to our reputation and the risk of legal claims. To minimise these risks this policy sets out the rules applying to the use of social media.

3. Personal use of social media at work

You are not permitted to access any social media for your personal use during working time or using Centronic Information Systems. We allow staff to make occasional personal use of social media during working time so long as it does not involve unprofessional or inappropriate content and does no

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