6 terrific examples of social media policies for employees

Smart companies stress education, transparency, legal liability, and company goals and values.

In 2009, 8 percent of American companies reported that their online reputation had been damaged by employees’ social media activity. Needless to say, employers are quickly realizing the importance of harnessing their employees’ social media use. In response, 29 percent of American companies have developed formal social media policies for their employees.

Policies vary in length and specifics, but the most important result is that your employees understand the power and consequences of social media participation. When employees are properly trained and provided with engagement guidelines, companies avoid online controversy and leverage employees as genuine brand ambassadors in the online space.

To help your business establish a policy of its own, we’ve outlines six great examples of employee social media policies.

1. Kodak — The importance of education

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