HR professionals are at the epicenter of this exciting and anxiety-provoking advance, which has provided amazing tools for recruitment and networking, while opening a Pandora's Box of employee relations issues.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 26, 2009
Perspectives Ltd, a high-touch provider of workplace resources, specializing in employee assistance program (EAP) and organizational development services, has launched the Social Media Policy Pack program to help educate and protect businesses now that employees widely use social media at home and at work.
Specifically, the program aims to help HR professionals and business leaders understand the power and challenges that social media brings to each organization.
"Social media has a profound impact on the way we communicate in today's world – both personally and in business," said Maureen Dorgan-Clemens, vice president of organizational consulting services at Perspectives. "HR professionals are at the epicenter of this exciting and anxiety-provoking advance, which has provided amazing tools for recruitment and networking, while opening a Pandora's Box of employee relations issues."
According to an August 2009 study by Forrester Research ("The Broad Reach Of Social Technologies,") more than 80% of U.S. adults online use social media at least once a month, and half participate in social networks like Facebook. However, ample resources and polls suggest that companies are not addressing potential implications to their business. For example, a September 2009 AdAge.com article titled, "The 7 Biggest Legal Risks to Your Company When Using Social Media," states that 87 percent of companies still don't have a social media policy.
"Perspectives is bringing together proficiency from different fields, including deep legal knowledge, to examine social media through the lens of human resource practitioners in today's workplace," said Jon Vegosen, who has more than 33 years of experience in employment law, and is a founding member of Chicago law firm Funkhouser Vegosen Liebman & Dunn Ltd (FVLD). "Offering this type of counsel to businesses provides an unparalleled advantage. It's very different from most social media education efforts today, which are about using social media to promote your business."
Through the Social Media Policy Pack program, Perspectives provides:
- Social Media 101 Training
- Policy Development Support
- Employee Recruitment and Selection Training
Training seminars are tailored to the needs of each business and answer questions, such as: What is social media? How do I use it for myself, my job and my business? What risks and considerations should I be aware of – and, how can I avoid them?
Perspectives can also help businesses gain unparalleled insight into risks and considerations for their unique workplace by surveying employees and leadership to determine: how employees use social media at home and at work, how marketing and sales teams are using social media for business, and the overall legal implications for businesses.
Maureen Dorgan-Clemens, who has more than 22 years of organizational consulting expertise, recently wrote a blog post about employees talking about employers in cyberspace. It sheds light on one of many social media developments impacting employee relations and business.
For more information about Perspectives' Social Media Policy Pack program contact Maureen Dorgan-Clemens at mclemens[at]perspectivesltd.com, 847.793.2435.
ABOUT PERSPECTIVES LTD
Perspectives Ltd is a Chicago-based workplace resources firm specializing in the nationwide delivery of employee assistance programs (EAPs), managed behavioral healthcare, work/life services, organizational development and wellness. We believe in taking an individualized approach with each customer organization and creating tailored solutions that have practical applications in their workplace. http://www.perspectivesltd.com.
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