Efeliciano Select Your Business Ethics Issue 020213

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According to me, social networking is a real benefit, only when used for a clear purpose and without getting addicted to it. The websites have made communication so fast and so easy. Connecting globally, with people, seems no more an unattainable task. Thus, it becomes a benefit when you are actually using it for the purpose it's meant to be. So why not making an effort to make it more effective, rather than pondering more on the detrimental effects of its addiction and feed in to the very unethical parts of it when referring to the business world? Can we not utilize only the merits of social networking? Supporting this view, I compose my thesis paper. I wanted to select the ethical issue of Social Networking. I will agree most of the time networking is good but when do you draw the line. Comments regarding employers or coworkers posted on social networking websites are costing employees jobs across the country. The ethical and legal challenges surrounding the use of social media and its consequences in the workplace affects the business industry as a whole because employers across the nation are setting policies regarding employee use of these websites while working and even what these workers can say when off the clock. Doing some research the Business Ethics website, as of 2010 software developer Cisco Systems Inc. even has a program, Cisco SocialMiner, designed to help employers monitor their employees' social network site status updates, forum posts and blog posts in real time. The line between an employer's right to monitor employees and an employee's right to privacy can easily blur in this climate. Even Facebook ids getting to deep into people lives and job and doing that should be questioned, the sad thing know one even notices because they are to engulfed by what is hip and cool and staying with the times. In order to deal with this I think people need to watch what they say and post and realize sometimes that something are better left unsaid.
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