Yes, prospective employers have the right to poke around potential employees' profiles on social networking sites, because these sites are public. If a person is concerned about potential employers snooping around, then he or she should take down anything inappropriate. Companies are people that consider their impressions, and social network profiles are an effective tool to get an impression of what the person is like in their comfort zone.
I'm pretty sure they don't want someone that does inappropriate things to represent their company. I've read about plenty of morons that got fired because of their incompetence. If they were caught and fired, the company's reputation would still be damaged and stay damaged. If they have personal info, they shouldn't post it on a website where everyone and anyone can see it. They chose to put this info public, they will get the consequences.
Many employers already do back ground checks, credit checks, and drug testing to weed through potential employees. Poking around public networking sights for other information regarding the potential employee helps get a better perspective into what this person will be like. People say that a person's free time should not be a factor, but the truth of the matter is that when you are hired by a company, you represent that company on and off the clock. Companies do not want to be associated with employees who have questionable morals which do spill over into the work area.
When you post something online, then it's out there for anyone who wants to see it. If that happens to be a prospective employer, then they're just utilizing their resources. If you don't want people to see things, it's easy to change the settings so that it's only available for certain groups. However, employers should not have the right to require prospective employees to allow them to investigate social networking profiles, nor should they be able to refuse employment based on not being able to see these profiles.
When a person puts information and photos of themselves out on the Internet, they have the option of making their info public to everyone, or private to just friends they accept. If they make it public, then anyone can view it. So, even if an employer looked at it, they aren't doing anything wrong, or that could be regulated, as a law for that matter.
If the potential employee is a complete moron and doesn't care about his past jobs he probably won't care about their next job. The potential employee could just goof off and go to parties everyday and brag about doing stupid stuff and talk bad about their past employers and fellow employees.
I find it in favor of the corporation to do so, & for it to be more beneficial for future customers as well. This would prove especially useful in more sensitive situations (e.G. Teachers, leadership roles, etc.) I do not see this as a negative thing in the long run.
You need to know what your employee is like outside of the work place. They might act one way in an interview but them prove everything they said in an interview wrong outside of work. It also allows for employers to see what the employee's personality is like. Not only that, but its social media. SOCIAL. PUBLIC.
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Prospective employers should not have the right to poke around potential employees' profiles on social networking sites. When we share pictures and stories of our lives with our friends online, we are not expecting our bosses to judge our work history based on things we say and do online for fun. This is a violation of privacy. Bosses should only be able to look at resumes and talk to previous employers to get an idea of how we perform at work.
I don't believe that prospective employers have any right to snoop around on people's profiles. First of all, it is a total invasion of privacy and honestly none of their business. Second of all, sometimes people write things on their profiles just for comedic effect, with most of the things not being true. So, it would be totally unfair to be judged on it.
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The social media is entertainment and should be seen as such. No one should be allowed to look into my personal page with out my permission first of all. There should be laws put in place to protect the employees from being spied on and watched at work anyway it is going to far.
That is a violation of a worker's privacy and right to express freely. I personally think it should be illegal for employers to do this. YOUR private life is yours alone, the employers have no right to stick their noses in it. A person's Freedoms comes first, and the employers should stick to dealing with their own personal life.
What if the individual uses a pseudonym? Doesn't this drag it into a legal/ethical nightmare? Some people maintain separate work/home lives and as such, you cannot tell who it is, e.g. a "JohnDoe1981" on a social network, probably could be him, but say "Beeblebrox707" or "BIGFATGUY" - well, not obvious is it? There's one issue.
Also, what qualifies as a social networking site? Does a comment on, say, a product review website count?
If someone is a good employee and is professional at their work place they should not be judged by whats on social media. Your job should not be in jeopardy just because what you post or do in your private life. Your private life should be YOUR private life not what your work place says it has to be.
Social media posts are made with the intention of communicating with desired parties. No one else has any right using this information in any way, unless your message constitutes a threat to the safety and well-being of others. Nonetheless, it's your responsibility to set one's privacy settings such as to keep out the snoops.
There are ethically upstanding employers who are only interested in your work, education and references pertaining to those things that confirm or deny that the employee is the person the employer wants and needs for the job. However, there are also many unscrupulous and unethical employers who think employees have some ownership of the employee, both at work and after work, once they are under their employ. Although most employers say they are looking at potential employees on the internet and social media to see if there are things that they are hiding. There are lots of reasons they are looking in on social media of potential employees and finding something they are hiding is the least of that list. Employers are looking to discriminate and find employees that are personally as perfect for the position as they are professionally. Or in other words, to discriminate, both legally and illegally. Whats wrong with this? This is a free country and people are free to do what they want in their own personal time, within the law. If employers want to run a criminal background check, this is very easy and inexpensive to do. But many employers think they can simply look on social media and find out all about someone and save the money on a background check. This gives them free reign to discriminate all the like and answer all of those pesky questions that are illegal for them to ask in an interview or on an application! Are you married? Do you have children? Are you pregnant? Is your wife black? Are you republican or democrat? Are you for or against gay rights?
So how can the majority of people on your website actually think this is ok? Difficult or impossible to police, but is it ok? No. Its tantamount to saying that its ok to ask personal questions on an application or in an interview. Identical. Although this majority may answer yes to this as well.
What people do outside of their workplace is their business. Not their employers. It would be like an employee from Wayne Enterprises asking Bruce Wayne if they can explore the grounds of his home until they stumble onto the Batcave. It's just nosy and if done to the wrong person, dangerous.