This question was inspired by a thought-provoking blog post from Russell Working on the PR Daily blog.
In this post, Russell shares a 'top 10' list of examples of allegedly terrible social media advice.
These examples of bad social media advice were suggested by "communicators, professors and others."
Here's the number one entry in Russell's countdown of "the worst ever advice about social media":
Don't bother drawing up a social media policy.Russell's post is well worth reading in full: The worst-ever advice about social media.
E. Blake Jackson, social media coordinator for Chesapeake Energy, once read a blog post by a "guru" which chastised companies with social media policies, saying they don't get it. "I pray for the legal and human resources departments of his clients," Jackson writes.
What's the worst piece of advice you've ever heard about social media?
I'd like to take this opportunity to turn this topic over to XpertHR's readers. So:
- What's the worst piece of advice you've ever heard about social media?
- Do you agree or disagree with the number one entry identified in Russell's post?
- What should organisations and HR departments be doing less (or more) of when it comes to making use of social media?
Read more on HR and social media:
Social media and its implications for HR is a widely and keenly debated topic. Check out the following posts to learn more about the key themes emerging in this ongoing debate:
- The Ministry of Sensible Tweets: Social media guidance for Civil Servants In a sign of just how pervasive and increasingly central to everyday life social media are becoming, the Coalition Government has recently issued an extensive social media guidance document for Civil Servants.
- Socialising HR: Ellison Bloomfield's manifesto for HR & social media
Australian HR blogger Ellison Bloomfield has written a post which cuts
through much of the 'noise' around the topic of HR and social media and -
I think - it could almost consitute a manifesto for why HR needs to
take social media seriously, and the steps HR should take.
- Doug Shaw: Encouraging HR to participate in social media
HR professionals have much to gain from engaging with social media. But
what's the best way to encourage the 'social media-curious' in HR to
take part in social media? This is the subject of a brilliant mini
report from leading UK HR blogger, consultant and social media advocate
- Tools, Trust and Toilets, Social media policies are not "stupid". Here's why, and It's All About Trust A wide-ranging and very lively debate about the need (or otherwise) for social media policies, taking in posts from Doug Shaw's blog, XpertHR's Tribunal Watch blog and Neil Morrison's Change-Effect blog.
- Yes, social media are a real threat to employers An extremely interesting post by XpertHR's David Shepherd, which gave rise to a fascinating discussion in the comments field.
- Grant Mason on 'Social HR': Three reasons why HR should be crazy about social media Grant Mason explains why he believes social media can make all the difference to HR.
- How social media can 'humanise' HR Social media have the potential to play a key role in 'humanising' HR departments. This is according to leading Australian HR blogger Ellison Bloomfield.
- Alison Chisnell: What social media can offer HR A video on what social media can offer HR, from UK HR Director Alison Chisnell.
- What can an employer do if an employee posts a derogatory comment about it on a social networking site?
- What can an employer do if a former employee posts a derogatory comment about it on a social networking site?
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