what’s allowed and what’s not allowed

What is ethical? what is unethical? 

Quoting from Kai’s post, Jay Shepherd summarizes it in one sentence – “it’s like pornography: you know it when you see it. It’s as simple as knowing the right thing to do, then doing the wrong thing”

The way individual defined ethics affected by socio-cultural effect. Based on law’s perspective, it is also will be different as different country have different regulations.

Creating awareness and training will prevent unfair/unexpected dismissal. Most of it ends in court case as the employer never emphasize the policies. On example provided by HuiMin, we can see how employee online behavior affect the hospital. It doesn’t stop even though the hospital fired the employee. The company’s image still tainted and continuously receive criticism. Other alternative organization can implement is to banned social media to increase productivity or create an agreement with the employee to use key-loggers[1]

From comment i received, most of my colleagues don’t agree that employee should be allowed to post whatever they want. Let’s look in in positive side, if employer listen and change what the employee unhappy about. It will leverage the company. Employee also can post how employer treat them good. It also give free branding and marketing.

After doing topic 4, it comes to my realization i have no idea about labor law of social media and social media regulations. i don’t have a clear understanding what is the border that i can’t post online. It is important for us to know as we are going to enter professional life soon.

On the other side, Shannon’s post emphasizing customer behavior nowadays. Reflecting to myself, now i always search information online and i’m quite dependent on blogger’s review. In my opinion blogger’s review is a real customer experience and more sincere. It is wrong to say the product review is based on your opinion while the fact is it is what the the business owner’s dictate you. However, xiaxue states it is a must to announce sponsored post. In my opinion it is okay if they did not state it is a sponsored post as for me it is a common sense.

Also, i realize social media is a broad topic by reading different topic explored by my colleagues.

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Comments made :

HuiMin’s post 

Shannon’s post


[1] Rasagopal, Kamalesh., Lee Chi Keng, Dennis., and Young Chan, Kim. (2012) Ethical Dillema:IT. via YouTube (10 November 2015)


Topic 4 – Can i get fired by what i post online? even when i’m off-duty?

pro and cons (2)

Pro and cons of social media creates a love-hate relationship for social media in the workplace. Companies start to watch the employee’s usage of social media both inside and outside company. Organizations struggle to keep pace with the evolving technology and employers find it difficult to balance the competing interests of an employee’s privacy against the employer’s security [1]. Creating awareness for labor law of social media and social media regulations.

Do you think you can get fired by what you post online?

Definitely yes. There is a law where company can’t fire you because of gender, race, religion, whistle blowing or nationality. Other than that? employer can fire you with any reason. [4][6]


Regardless the heavy usage of social media in business world; 85% businesses have no policies for online behavior [3]. However, there are a number of people got sacked because of social media where the company doesn’t have any regulation regarding social media usage.

United States is a step forward in social media regulations. National Labor Relation Act protect individual’s right to post what they want. They are allowed to voice out their dissatisfaction towards their job, pay, or workload. US regulation also allow employee to create “friends-only” social media sites. However, not all work-related speech is protected. For example, your employer can still fire you if you post something negative about a client or customers on Facebook.[5]

Is it ethical to fire the employee when the organization never sets the toned neither policies regarding social media in the workplace? In my opinion it is not, unless the employee clearly states the name of the organization or create significant lost to the organization. I believe the US federation also think the same by giving freedom of speech.

It is time for the organization to create clear policies. The organization should make them involved in social media regulation to leverage the pro of social media. The regulation should not de-motivate the employee by being too strict, invade their privacy, or take away their freedom of speech. Few policies organization could consider:

  1. Give employees a breather and allow them to access social networking sites during their lunch break, before and after office hours.
  2. Educate and train staff as most employees are not aware how their actions online can cause security issues for the organization.
  3. Set security and usage policies. [use of the Internet at work, access to social networking sites and what they are allowed to say or do during office hours].

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[1] Naeger, Jennifer L. (2013) Effectively Managing Social Media In The Workplace. (9 November 2015)

[2] Contacos, Jonna & Lee, Albert. Social Media in the Workplace: legal, productivity, and legal issues. via YouTube (9 November 2015)

[3] Chang, Kabrina (2011). Kabrina Chang: Facebook Got Me Fired- Legal and Management Issues for Social Networking. via YouTube (9 November 2015)

[4] Pell, Nicholas. Fired for What You Post? (9 November 2015)

[5] Webb, Christine (2013). Can you be fired for complaining about your job on Facebook? (9 November 2015)

[6] HG.org. Can You Fire Someone For Their Social Media Complaints About Work? (9 November 2015)