by: Matt Rhodes
Last year we wrote about the case of the Virgin Atlantic employees who were sacked for talking about customers (and indeed their employers) in social networks, and why you should be careful what you say on Facebook. At the time we wrote that:
This week had seen more cases in the UK of employees using social networks to talk about their employers and in particular their customers. With employees at supermarket chain Tesco posting reportedly abusive comments about customers in groups on Facebook. This raises a number of issues about how employers should react and when something stops being a personal or seemingly light-hearted discussion and starts being offensive in some real way.
Today I was interviewed by BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme about this very issue. About what employers should do when their employees are talking about customers in social networks. About how they might set up their own online communities as both an outlet for these opinions and as a source of innovation and co-creation. And about why even if employees do talk about customers online, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
If you didn’t catch the show then do listen to the segment below.
Some more reading
- Social Networking Begins With You
- British Airways’ Staffers Ridicule Customers
- Why you should be careful what you say on Facebook
- Waitrose staff post abusive messages about customers on internet
- Facebook Now Nearly Twice The Size Of MySpace Worldwide
- Facebook message about night out ‘betrays’ man who phoned in sick for work