Social media is a large part of our society today. Just about everyone uses some form of social media. When you look at the number of users, the data is amazing especially when you think back to a decade ago, when social media didn’t even exist. The chart below is an indicator as to the number of users on the different social media sites, as of April 2016. Many people have access to social media while at work, whether it be on their work computer or on their cell phone. The temptation is there because it is so easily accessible. And most can’t resist the urge…..
“Vices are seen as weaknesses of the will or inability to control one’s desires.” (PSU) A notification comes through your phone for facebook; of course you are curious to see what it is. You think it will only take a minute, so you check it out. Then you see start to look at something else that caught your eye and it turns into another five minutes. “Temptations are situations that entice a person to violate ethical codes of conduct.” (PSU) The use of social media in the workplace is an example of vices and temptations. While it seems innocent to just take a quick look at your computer or your phone at facebook, it is taking away time from doing your work. Social media is distracting and affects your work and the organizations as a whole.
Social media can also affect the organization in an adverse way if their employees are posting negative comments about the organization. Therefore, some companies today have a social media policy in place. “Offensive behavior and image issues are among the most common problems that surface when employees mix business with personal use of social-networking sites.” (Henricks) Therefore, having a policy in a place will allow control of this behavior or if needed, action to be taken, if the policy is violated. Employees need to stop giving in to their temptations and vices and not post during business hours. It is also important to think about what you are posting before you post, it in order to avoid any violation of your company’s social media policy.
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Penn State University. (2016). Unit 1: Lesson 2: Vice and temptations [Canvas]. Ethics and Leadership. Retrieved from http://psu.instructure.com/
Henricks, Mark Why You Need a Social Media Policy Retrieved on 9/22/16 https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217813