How flexible can you be?

From 30th June all employees with 26 weeks service have the right to request flexible working. That is they can ask to work fewer days or hours, to adjust start or finish times, to work from home or to job share. It is only the right to request, and employers can turn down the request. […]

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Who owns your connections?

As private and business increasingly merge in the modern world questions of who owns a social media account, and all its contacts, is emerging as a matter that needs to be addressed. Contacts are crucial in any business environment and social media is starting to provide an invaluable source of contacts. Background knowledge from Twitter, […]

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Business social networking

Business networking within an organisation, using facilities such as Yammer, offers the opportunity for businesses to communicate internally in ways that have not been known before. Implementing social networking, and making it work, may focus minds on how to get employees to communicate better. This is against a background of an increasing merging of personal […]

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Social Networking – friend or rumour-mill?

The open-ness of social networking may help improve communication if used wisely. Contrary to expectations there is evidence that where social networking has been implemented in businesses, incidences of bad behaviour are remarkably low. Networking within an organisation, offers the opportunity for employers to communicate in ways that have not been known before. Implementing social […]

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Trust in social media

A recent study suggests that social media’s poor take up in business is due to the business case being hard to make, a lack of understanding by leaders and resistance to new ways of working. There is also some fear of the unknown. I am unsure whether these are the main reasons. It is widely […]

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Dismissal for a social networking faux-pas can be fair, but not always

In a recent case it was found fair to dismiss an employee for derogatory comments about Apple products on a “private” Facebook page. The Gross Misconduct dismissal from an Apple store was fair because private pages do not necessarily remain private and the company had a clear policy in place. But in another case, where […]

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Dismissal for a social networking faux-pas can be fair, but not always

In a recent case it was found fair to dismiss an employee for derogatory comments about Apple products on a “private” Facebook page. The Gross Misconduct dismissal from an Apple store was fair because private pages do not necessarily remain private and the company had a clear policy in place. But in another case, where […]

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When private becomes public

As a student I attended a Liberal Society meeting where the Chief Constable of Durham was speaking. There were barely a dozen of us there, including me and the Chief Constable. During the course of the talk he indicated that, if it were left to him, he would have shot the Great Train robbers. It […]

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When private becomes public

As a student I attended a Liberal Society meeting where the Chief Constable of Durham was speaking. There were barely a dozen of us there, including me and the Chief Constable. During the course of the talk he indicated that, if it were left to him, he would have shot the Great Train robbers. It […]

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