Social Media can get you into trouble

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 19 Aug, 2016

People stuff

Ok, you set up your social media account ( Facebook, Twitter and so on..) separate from your work and you do not identify yourself as working in a particular company. You have a rant or a few which of course all people you follow and follow you can see. People are offended and you think, so what? I am outside work and I can say what I like....


Well, think again...

In Game Retail Ltd. v Laws Mr Laws was employed by Game in a role which had responsibility for 100 of its stores. Mr Laws had a personal Twitter account, which was followed by a number of Game's stores across the country. He posted a number of tweets that were considered potentially offensive, including about towns he travelled to.

An employment tribunal found that Mr Laws had been unfairly dismissed on the basis that the decision to dismiss fell outside the band of reasonable responses. Specifically, his tweets were posted for private use and the Company's disciplinary policy did not clearly state that inappropriate personal social media use may lead to dismissal.

The Employment Appeal Tribunal disagreed with the tribunal's conclusion. It held that the tribunal had not properly taken into account that Mr Laws had not put restrictions on his privacy settings/ Game's concerns that Mr Laws' tweets would be seen by the Game stores that followed his feed/ or his knowledge that stores and potentially customers could see his tweets. The EAT also held that the offensive tweets did not need to relate to Game or to have identified himself as an employee. The tribunal should have focussed on whether the tweets were offensive and whether other staff or customers might have read them.

The EAT recognised Mr Laws' right to freedom of expression although this was to be balanced with Game's desire to remove or reduce reputational risk from the social media use of its employees. Further, there was no requirement for Game to show that the tweets had actually caused offence, only that Game was able to reach the conclusion that they may have.

The EAT reiterated that the correct approach was for a tribunal to apply the range of reasonable responses test, as with all unfair dismissal cases. It then remitted the case to a different employment tribunal to decide the case.

If you are an employer, please do ensure you have an appropriate Social Media policy which covers this type of eventuality; if you are an employee please do remember that what you say or do can come back to harm you.

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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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