The purpose of this policy is to outline acceptable and unacceptable use of any computer equipment and other technology by all “employees” (as defined below) of XYZ Company (the “Company”) as such use relates to blogs and/or social networking websites. These rules and restrictions herein are in place for the protection of all employees and the Company. Violation of this policy exposes the Company to risks and legal liability.
This policy applies to all permanent, probationary and temporary employees; contractors; consultants; and other workers at the Company, collectively referred to as “employees” in this policy.
2. Prohibited and/or Restricted Uses
a. All equipment and technology purchased or leased by the Company (regardless of its location) that is accessed by its employees, including without limitation, computers, Internet access, PDA, is intended for work-related use only. Employees may not use any company equipment or technology for personal purposes, including, but not limited to, maintaining, accessing or using a personal blog or social networking website.
b. While at the workplace during work hours, employees are expected to be working, not handling personal matters. Employees must keep their outside interests and activities, including, but not limited to, the maintenance, access or use of a personal blog or social networking website, outside the workplace.
c. Employee publications, including, but not limited to, postings on blogs and social networking websites, must not negatively impact the Company’s reputation or good will. Any such materials that are insulting, demeaning or offensive to the Company, its employees or its affiliates, or that are deemed objectionable by the Company in that their content might damage the Company’s reputation will violate this policy.
d. Employee publications, including, but not limited to, postings on blogs and social networking websites, must not include any information which the Company deems is a trade secret or other sensitive or confidential information related to the Company.
e. The content of an employee’s posting or page on a blog or social networking website must comply with all Company policies, including, without limitation, the Code of Conduct and any policies related to discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
3. Violation of this Policy
Any employee who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary measures up to and including dismissal.