What shall we do with the drunken Facebooker?

A law firm and a PR consultancy have teamed up to offer employers a session on managing the risk of staff being on social media.

The free breakfast event is at Northern Ballet in Leeds on 7 December, from 8 to 10am. It is being offered by Northern Lights PR and Walker Morris solicitors to provide guidance on managing risks and the legal issues of employees on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Northern Lights PR has also produced a free guide on how to create an employee social media policy in response to increasing concern amongst employers.

It addresses issues such as whether people recruiting should look at Facebook accounts and take drunken photos into account.  It has tips on where to draw the line between work and personal lives and defining what people should put on LinkedIn profiles – and if it is OK to tick a box accepting job approaches.

Northern Lights chief executive Victoria Tomlinson says:

“With growing use of social media, crises are much more difficult to manage. If an employee slates your best customer on Facebook, the media and outside world can pick these up within minutes of them happening. Employee policies and crisis management plans need to take this into account and be specific about the protocol for use of social media.”



  1. I agree that It’s extremely important for employers to establish a clear social media policy with all of it’s workers. The reputation of the organization is in the hands of it’s employees. One malicious status update may be a spur of the moment outburst, but it can soon spread fast.

    I think this is a good start, but how companies will try to regulate this however, I’m not so sure.

  2. I feel that people’s private lives should not be taken into consideration whether or not an individual should be suitable for a position. Post-graduates will undoubtedly have drunken images from their student life, but should these stop them from progressing in the professional world? If this is the case, then pictures from work parties etc should not be allowed as I’m pretty sure there will be many drunken pictures this Christmas arising from office parties.

    However, I believe that if an individual does have incriminating pictures of themselves it should be down to them to set their privacy issues accordingly.

    With modern day Facebook, the occasional drunken picture is inevitable, but should your past really damage your future professional career? Especially if it is regarding your social life?

    We have written an article regarding online privacy issues here – http://grassrootpr.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/privacy-does-everyone-have-a-right-to-it/ feel free to read/comment!

  3. As soon to be graduates we are constantly being reminded to keep social networking for social desires separate from a more professional work friendly social page. I do not feel its fair that people should not be allowed to have a social life just because of a profession, however, i do beleive its up to them to take control of what appears in the public eye for everyone to see. I am aware that you do not always have full control over what goes on to networking sites such as facebook. This is why i beleive since employers are becomming more and more interested in peoples online profiles that having two separate profiles is the best way to avoid future barriers.

    Privacy and facebook are often questioned, which is why we chose to run a dicussion on this matter and also feature a blog entry on whether we felt facebook privacy settings were secure. Please have a read we will love to hear your response.


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