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God & social media guidelines @ work

A thought provoking  Tweet from Kenan Malik pointed me to a great article in Philosophy Now from Emrys Westacott, “Does Surveillance Make Us Morally Better?”, or as Kenan put it, “Should God have placed CCTV cameras in the Garden of Eden?”.

The article looks at systems of control that prevent transgression (speed cameras and the like) and asks if they make us better people or not. The rum idea is that by choosing not to do wrong, we might be better than simply not being able to do wrong (at least not able without the certainty of a a resounding thwak on the metaphysical or corporeal buttocks).

This made me think of all those discussions of social media governance at work and whether one should or should not be able to chat with friends and enemies on FaceBook, Twitter or LinkedIn while at work. It also ties in with the ability for an intranet to effectively monitor our every keystroke. Systems like Autonomy for example, have the potential to monitor all an employee types while logged in (at least so my boss tells me) and send off an e-mail to HR, the minute you type ‘CV’…

The article does raise, and I think answer the question of what sort of people we want at work – ones monitored all day long, clocking in and clocking out all their actions and chained to the cyber keyboard or their corporate duties. Or, do we want ones who exercise choice and responsibilities; ones who are judged and rewarded on what they deliver, rather than how many rules they obey?

Social Media Guidelines at Work Policy
In light of this, I think the best Social Media Guidelines at Work policy could be whittled down to a commandment of almost Biblical simplicity:

“Thou shalt not take the piss.”

And what I mean by this is simple. Do not restrict access. Trust the employees. But those employees in being given this trust, should not abuse it. I think this is fair and honest.


Should God have placed CCTV cameras in the Garden of Eden?
Does Surveillance Make Us Morally Better?

3 replies on “God & social media guidelines @ work”

Productivity in the workplace can be hindered but also heightened
depending on the usage of the application. Companies choose to
block or not block social media apps. Unfortunately they are
missing out on that grey area where social media apps can be
utilized to further innovation and productivity.

Every business would benefit from having a social media policy in
place, but it should not be an all or nothing approach. Instead of
having a policy in place that blocks social media completely or
doesn’t block social media at all and expects employees to follow
policy rules, why not block some pieces of social media and keep
some parts of social media accessible? Social media is growing in
the business world and companies would be missing out on its
benefits if it is blocked entirely.

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