B.C. creates social media guidelines for public servants

Ensure employees use ‘tool’ appropriately, as with phone or email
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/01/2010

Social media is a communication medium organizations can no longer afford to ignore and the best way employers can protect themselves from improper use of these tools is to create guidelines, not ban them, according to the head of the British Columbia Public Service.

In September, Allan Seckel announced the provincial government was creating social media guidelines for employees, leading critics to proclaim public servants would be wasting their time, and taxpayers’ money, looking at their friends’ photos on Facebook or watching videos on YouTube.

“We’re not creating a facility so someone can come to work and hang out on Facebook all day and get paid out of the public purse,” said Seckel.