Bosses are obligated to discipline workers who post insulting messages on Facebook,an Australian labour conference has been told.
Industrial law barrister Elizabeth Raper says workplaces have a responsibility to convince younger Generation Y workers to be tactful online regardless of whether they have a social networking policy.
“Commonsense would dictate that one could not write and therefore publish insulting and threatening comments about another employee,” the Age quoted Raper as telling the Sydney Law School’s Labour Law Conference.
“We have to think about the contemporary workplace and note that the separation between home and work is now less pronounced than it once was.”
Raper,an expert on social media in the workplace,says the posting of hurtful Facebook posts is comparable with workplace bullying and harassment,and has the potential to compromise a firm”s reputation.