FACT: Your Behaviour Online Could Put You at Risk of Losing Your Job.
WHY THE POLICY?
NCN Chief and Council created and passed its social media policy in 2014. It is now part of its personnel policy manual and protects both NCN and employees. NCN employees must conduct themselves properly on social media.
WHAT IS SOCIAL MEDIA?
Social media refers to web and mobile based applications that include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google, forums, blogs, podcasts, email, text messaging and more.
WHAT DOES THE POLICY MEAN FOR ME?
NCN employees must transmit their information for the community through normal NCN communication channels, not social media. And without prior approval, on social media, NCN employees can’t:
- Disclose confidential information
- Discuss issues related to work
- Violate copyright laws
- Post photos of NCN employees
- Respond to customer service requests or questions
HOW DO I ENSURE PROPER SOCIAL MEDIA USE?
If you see a negative conversation about an NCN workplace happening online, don’t get involved. Tell management or NCN HR as soon as you can.
When using any social media, whether work-related or not, NCN employees have the right to freedom of expression, but this right is not unlimited. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but they must be balanced by being responsible to your employer. You should always use good judgment, and err on the side of caution.
WHAT ABOUT WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK?
Even in your off-hours, when you are away from work, remember that people see you as a representative of NCN. Saying things that might damage the reputation of NCN or its businesses could put you at risk of losing your job. This includes harassment, bullying, abusive remarks, and inappropriate language, posts or memes.
When interacting online, ask yourself:
- Would I say this in person?
- How will I feel about this tomorrow?
- What would my boss want me to do?
And remember, if you are unsure…step away from your device!