Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Social media proves a hot topic

Employers from as far afield as Birmingham snapped up places at our latest social media workshop within hours of its launch.

Over 50 businesses attended the breakfast event which aimed to help employers get to grips with managing the new forms of communication.

And the event was so successful that we're already planning more seminars as we have a waiting list for places.

Our senior partner, Graham Davies, said: "We have been astounded at the response to this presentation, and it was incredible to see all the places filled within just a few hours of advertising it. We have clearly hit on a topic that business owners are concerned about and that is particularly relevant, so we are already planning a series of events to pursue the topic in more detail."

The seminar was hosted by our Head of Employment, John Mehtam, who gave employers an insight into the current risks associated with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube - and advice on how to avoid the pitfalls.

"Hardly a week goes by without a controversial comment on a social media network making news, and we wanted to ensure employers had a clear idea of just what their staff were saying and how to handle it," said John.

"We have already dealt with many cases involving this new media, and the aim of the seminar was to help employers work out a policy of how to manage it and deal with any consequences. We also gave our delegates an example of a social media strategy that they were able to take away with them and put into practice in their own business."

The seminar covered a wide range of topics including: an overview of the latest cases and their impact on employers; monitoring and investigating; discipline and dismissals; media management and protection of reputation; social media and policy and content.

Pic: At the social media seminar are, from left, John Mehtam and Graham Davies