The rise in the use of social media is a real worry for many employers. Employment lawyer Joanna Dodd says that in the recent case of Smith v Trafford Housing Association , the issue of employee monitoring has again caused controversy, not least b More...10 December 2012 11:44
Cyberbullying has become as common in the workplace as "conventional" bullying, according to a study by academics from the University of Sheffield and Nottingham University. Eight out of 10 respondents to the survey reported that they had experien More...02 November 2012 15:10
A senior member of staff died in an accident recently and I am uncertain as to how to deal with his emails. He has several personal folders and thousands of emails relating to non-workplace matters. What should we do?
First of all, it is good practi More...09 December 2011 14:38
Acas has launched a guide in a bid to help employers clamp down on workers' abuse of social media, which the conciliation service claims costs the UK economy up to £14 billion per year. Acas launched the guide today, claiming that the More...01 September 2011 12:44
Something like two-thirds of UK employers ban employees from online social networking at work. To some extent, this action is understandable; there are risks from the use of social networking and other social media tools, writes media blogger John More...19 April 2010 00:01
The Dixons Stores Group (DSGi) has launched an investigation into staff caught insulting customers on social networking site Facebook.
The unofficial Facebook group, "DSGi Employees", which says it is for people who work or have worked for the compa More...08 September 2009 11:40
Portsmouth City Council has banned staff from using Facebook during office hours after they clocked up 572 hours - the equivalent of 71 working days - on the site in one month. The council's internet usage rules allowed all 4,500 staff to access th More...01 September 2009 00:00
The increase in the numbers of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter pose real challenges for employers. The attraction of their instant nature is compulsive for many, and it is crucial that employers have policies in place so that employ More...28 May 2009 15:43
Nine in 10 office workers have claimed they do not use Twitter in the office because they are worried the social networking sites is seen as an extra-curricular activity by employers. A report by recruitment firm Monster, out yesterday, revealed just More...14 May 2009 11:17
Employees are using the internet at work for flirting, affairs and sexual advances, a study has revealed. Almost half of the 1,200 employees surveyed by the Cranfield School of Management said they used work computers for personal reasons and one i More...23 April 2009 15:41
Fourteen council staff have been suspended ahead of claims they sent one another racist e-mails, it emerged yesterday. Lancashire County Council has suspended the employees, who work in several different departments, ahead of disciplinary proceedings More...14 April 2009 09:33
'Old-fashioned' employers are failing to support staff to use new technologies like Twitter or Facebook to communicate with peers, a survey has warned. A report by broadband provider BT Business found that one in six of employees aged between 18 and More...09 March 2009 16:30
'Cyber cynicism' is taking hold across UK organisations, and employers are failing to capitalise on the business benefits offered by technology, a survey has claimed. A poll of 1,000 managers aged 35 and under by the Chartered Management Institute More...03 December 2008 13:21
IT staff are so desperate to keep their jobs they would resort to haggling, bribery and blackmail, a survey has shown.
Global Recession and its Effect on Work Ethics , by software provider Cyber-Ark, found more than one-third of IT staff w More...03 December 2008 10:58
Social workers at a Scottish council have been disciplined for circulating a doctored image of disgraced former rock star Gary Glitter carrying a child in a shopping bag.
South Lanarkshire Council yesterday confirmed it had sacked or warned 15 membe More...24 November 2008 10:20
Employers risk losing valuable commercial and customer data if they do not train their staff on the dangers associated with working online, the TUC has claimed. The union body's warning followed this week's publication of the 2008 Get Safe Online More...21 November 2008 14:18
HR blunders were partly to blame for staff fraud and theft, costing government departments £4.3m last year.
An official study out last week found that 761 cases of internal fraud or theft were reported to 25 of the government's 47 departments and a More...10 November 2008 07:43
Security experts and trade unions have urged employers to step up efforts to stop rogue employees stealing staff information, in the wake of the loss of data on 5,000 prison workers. Global IT-provider Electronic Data Systems (EDS), which is also res More...12 September 2008 07:10
More than one third of UK businesses refuse to allow employees to visit social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter, making UK businesses the strictest in Europe. A survey of 2,000 adults conducted by mobile phone operator 3 UK found 35% of UK e More...09 September 2008 11:55
Online time-waster or useful tool? Roisin Woolnough finds out what you can get out of social networking websites.
Many organisations have a relaxed attitude to employees using social networking websites such as Facebook and Bebo at work. But it look More...15 August 2008 00:00