Today over 900 million users frequently update their daily chores on the largest social network - Facebook, so that everyone from our friends to family know what’s on your mind. Well, there is a whole other set of people that are even keen to know about what is happening in our life - Employers.
According to a recent study by Gartner, by the year 2015, 60 per cent of employers will monitor social media pages of their employees'. Many employers are already monitoring their employees' Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages- but the practice is set to increase even further.
The prime reason behind the intense scrutiny is, the security worries about employees leaking information or talking negatively about their workplace.
Andrew Walls, Research Vice President, Gartner, said, "The growth in monitoring employee behavior in digital environments is increasingly enabled by new technology and services. Surveillance of individuals, however, can both mitigate and create risk, which must be managed carefully to comply with ethical and legal standards.”
Today, it has become common practice for managers to review publicly available Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts and other sites to learn more about prospective job candidates. But many users, especially on Facebook, have their profiles set to private, making them available only to selected people or certain networks.
Companies that don't ask for passwords have taken other steps -- such as asking applicants to friend human resource managers or to log in to a company computer during an interview. Once employed, some workers have been required to sign non-disparagement agreements that refrains them from talking negatively about an employer on social media.
Walls predicts that the practice, which is increasingly common in America of asking for Facebook passwords as part of job interviews, will fade out of fashion.
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