In a recent survey conducted across the UK by HR consultancy Jaluch, it was found that 66% of staff are not happy if colleagues just assume its okay to upload Christmas party pictures onto sites such as Facebook. Pictures taken at the staff party might make you look like the ultimate party animal, but colleagues overwhelmingly say they don't want pictures that include them, posted without their prior knowledge and agreement.
In a year when privacy issues and Facebook security have frequently made headlines, it appears staff now want to have better control of, and be better informed about, what is being posted about them.
Helen Jamieson, director at Jaluch, comments that whilst the majority of staff clearly do not want pictures uploaded without their knowledge, in the under 30's, the numbers objecting drops dramatically to 32%. However, in the age group 45-60 the number objecting rises to 76% and of those aged 61+, the number rises further to 83%.
Last year Jaluch supported a number of clients in the post Christmas period with issues relating to Facebook postings following complaints from family members, clients and individual members of staff. It has become increasingly clear that what is intended as harmless fun by one colleague can very easily result in serious consequences for others and posting pictures of half dressed or half soaked colleagues can have serious repercussions if family members, customers or bosses see them.
Jamieson recommends that businesses, in the run up to the Christmas party season advise staff that everyone has the right to privacy and that photos that include pictures of their colleagues or bosses should only be uploaded after consent has been given. Jamieson also suggests that managers should remain vigilant to any staff feeling bullied or intimidated as a result of saying 'no' when asked to give their consent.
Notes to Editors:
Jaluch provides HR services and training and development solutions to organisations across all business sectors, throughout the UK and internationally. Jaluch offer a wide range of commercial HR solutions for every employer, from simple contract and handbook reviews, to larger scale HR management projects or advice on complex employment law issues. Similarly, our extensive range of training and development initiatives are always tailored to suit the culture and needs of your business. We pride ourselves on our friendly, professional but down to earth approach and our commitment to always speaking in plain English.
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