While one-fourth of companies disciplined an employee for inappropriate social media usage, only 10 percent have a policy addressing social network sites, according to a 2009 survey of nearly 800 private and public employers by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association. In addition, the results showed workplace monitoring of online activity is underdeveloped.
While most companies are struggling to deal with the explosion of social media outbursts and may take awhile to develop specific company policies, don't think that you're safe.
Think about the situation logically before you tweet your latest lament. It's your place of employment, where you get paid to do a job, which doesn't include changing your status to all the reasons why you're boss is an evil hack. Expressing yourself is likely not as important as keeping your job. For employers, contact a lawyer experienced in the legal issues related to social media. It may be wise for employers to set social media policies to avoid unfair or uneven employee discipline.
Authored by Taren Fujimoto and Erik Syverson.