Thursday, 22 September 2011

Technology is a risky business

Social networking is changing the way employees communicate in the workplace, and Shropshire companies must take notice.

Our senior partner, Graham Davies, said it was crucial that employers reviewed their email and internet policies regularly.

"With technology moving at such an incredible pace, any policies you put in place may well be out of date in a very short time. So it's vital that every company looks closely at its procedures frequently in order to stay one step ahead."

Graham said in particular, policies on social networking and video sharing websites needed to be tightened up given the increasing interest in sites such as Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn.

"You may decide to ban your staff from posting anything about the work they do for your company or anything that could identify it, because you don't want internal discussions or decisions spread all over the internet. And don't allow workers to provide links to your company's website because you don't want to give the impression that you're officially linked to what they may have written in a personal capacity.

"It's also important to stress to employees that they must clearly state that any views they express are their own, and not your corporate opinion.

"Technology is changing the face of communication in all areas of our lives today, and it's up to you to ensure your staff don't damage your company's reputation with ill-considered messages and personal opinions."

Monday, 19 September 2011

Quiz brings charity cash



Business professionals from across Shropshire put their general knowledge to the test to help raise almost £1,000 for local charities. The quiz was organised by the Shropshire and Mid Wales branch of the Institute of Legal Executives and the Shrewsbury Young Professionals group, and around 125 people took part.

Organiser Sophie Davies is the vice-chairman and treasurer of the ILEX branch, and she's one of our senior legal assistants.

"We wanted to raise cash for local organisations and invited all local law firms and other local businesses to attend, and we were delighted with the response we had," she said.

The event was held at The Lord Hill Hotel, in Shrewsbury, and the money raised will be split between Severn Hospice and the Midlands Air Ambulance.

"We had great support from all kinds of businesses, including Martin-Kaye Solicitors, who kindly donated £100 - half of which will go to the charity total, and half paid for a pamper spa day for two at the Albrighton Hall Hotel, which was our top raffle prize."

Pic: Martin-Kaye senior legal assistant Sophie Davies, who helped to organise the quiz