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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:59 am    Post subject: Social Media Policy Reply with quote

The following has been posted from the GM. I had originally posted this in the members' section but it has now been posted publicly by a director with the suggestion all members read it carefully. It's posted here without comment:

The Social Media Policy was published some time ago and made available to all volunteers via Noticeboard Issue, paper copies accompanying annual staff passes and it remains available on SVR Live. At times, there have been a number of occasions where working members have chosen to disregard the guidance within the policy. You are expected, as with all relevant SVR documentation, to familiarise yourself with the content of The Social Media Policy.

Social media can be, and often is, a positive method of communication, sharing opinions and news about what goes on around the SVR. However, if what is posted can be misunderstood by other readers a negative impact is created. These postings may be inappropriate, inaccurate or bring the railway into disrepute.

Using any social media sites, including Facebook, you are operating in a public space (none are truly private or closed) and your conduct may have serious consequences for the Railway. Monitoring of these sites does take place from time to time and, if requested, you must remove any material posted that we consider in breach of the Policy.

Questions about the operation of the railway should be addressed verbally or in writing (email or letter) via your Departmental Head, the General Manager or VLO and not discussed on Social Media. Similarly, members should not appear to be making decisions for, or on behalf of, the Railway where they have no authority and perhaps do not know all the facts.

Breaches of this policy are taken seriously and may result in disciplinary action. In cases such as posting material which could damage the Railway’s reputation, or which amounts to bullying and harassment of other members of staff paid or volunteer, or the disclosure of confidential information, this could include dismissal under the relevant Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure.

Any volunteer deliberately in breach of the Social Media Policy could be permanently suspended from volunteer work on the SVR.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder what Bridgnorth would have looked like today if this policy had been in force when the Board's initial ill conceived plans were first announced.

I doubt emails to the GM would have had the same effect that the Social Media furore did at the time..
"Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone"
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