Comprehensive Social Media Policy Template
This document can be used to create a Social Media Policy by you as an employer to protect your business from the negative effects of social media arising from use by your employees. This can be incorporated as part of your employer's staff handbook, part of your IT and communications system policy or as a standalone policy document.
This social media policy has been created from the standpoint that it is not part of the employee's contract of employment. As such, you, as the employer, has the power to amend it at any time without needing the consent of the employee.
How to use this document
This document should be used if you wish to create a permanent Social Media Policy that all employees can refer to. The policy can either be given to employees at the time they start their employment or at any time during their employment.
The document has been drafted with the option that the employer could be either a company or an individual employer. While most of the document has been drafted as a standard form template, you would have the opportunity at certain junctures to input or customise some information.
When filled out, the document can be printed out and given to the employees, or sent via email to the employees. Each time you hire a new employee, this Social Media Policy should be given to that new employee. Whenever the policy is amended, it should also be sent to the employees either as a printout or via email.