The S.A.F.E. Files Electronic communication and social media in the workplace

Description

The increased use of electronic communication and social media has changed the way we work and the definition of the workplace. It is critical that workers behave appropriately when using electronic communication and social media in connection with the workplace, and that they are aware what this connection to the workplace means.

This course provides legally compliant advice covering company and worker responsibilities in relation to the use of electronic communication and social media in connection with the workplace, legal obligations regarding their use, and the consequences arising from misuse. The content is delivered using simple language and graphic storytelling to engage the learner and improve knowledge retention.

This course was created in partnership with award-winning Australian law firm Lander & Rogers.

Business outcomes

By implementing this course your organisation can:

  • reduce the incidence of inappropriate workplace behaviour via electronic communication and social media in the workplace
  • protect your organisational brand and reputation from damage related to inappropriate behaviour in the workplace
  • deliver comprehensive and cost-effective appropriate workplace behaviour training to a wide range of individuals in the workplace
  • strengthen employee engagement by implementing best practice compliance with appropriate workplace behaviour laws.

Topics covered

This course covers the following topics:

  • Definition of key terms and concepts
  • Electronic communication and social media as instruments of discrimination, bullying and harassment
  • Legal consequences of misusing electronic communication and social media in the workplace
  • Definition of the workplace and where the law applies
  • The connection between electronic communication and social media to the workplace with an emphasis on the fact that ‘the separations between public and private, work and home, are now far less pronounced than they used to be’
  • Strategies and principles to avoid breaching workplace laws when using electronic communications and social media
  • IT security.

Learning objectives

On completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • identify what is appropriate and inappropriate use of electronic communication and social media in the workplace
  • outline how electronic communications and social media can be instruments of discrimination, bullying and harassment
  • describe the legal consequences of misusing electronic communication and social media in the workplace
  • explain the circumstances in which an employee’s communication via electronic mediums and social media may have a connection with the workplace
  • apply practical strategies to avoid the breach of any company or legal requirements regarding the use of electronic communication and social media associated with the workplace.

Target audience

The content contained in this course is suitable for:

  • public and private sector workers
  • workers, executives and board members at all levels of an organisation.

Duration

Approximately 40 minutes

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