Honcho Highlights: Social Media and Risk Management, Tinder’s New Feature, and More2021-05-26T16:31:20+00:00

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Honcho Highlights: Social Media and Risk Management, Tinder’s New Feature, and More

By Sarah Stadler

“I remember when the worst thing you had to worry about at work was a misdirected reply-to-all on an email.”

— Joann Lytle, partner with law firm McCarter & English

In this week’s Honcho Highlights, we hear from risk management experts on the liability around social media in the workplace. We look at another platform joining Twitter in encouraging users to think twice before posting. We discuss the blurring lines between work and home and how that is affecting sexual harassment. And, we learn how remote work is accelerating investment in communication technologies.

How to Manage Social Media Liability in the Workplace: RIMS

At the recent Risk Management Society Conference, industry experts discussed how the proliferation of social media in the workplace comes with increased liability. Risk Manager Jennifer Reno noted that the speed of modern communication can result in offhand or ill-thought-out comments to be sent to employees, clients—or worse. Communications monitoring, Reno said, is essential: “You want to trust everybody, but you can’t trust every single person.” Read more insights from RIMS.

Tinder Will Now Prompt Users to Think Twice Before Sending Offensive Messages

Last week, we reported on a new Twitter feature that recognizes offensive languages and asks users to reconsider their tweets before posting them. Now, dating app Tinder has joined the revolution of platforms working to up-level users’ communications. Tinder had previously begun asking some message recipients, “Does this bother you?” Now, it is taking what the AI-powered technology learned to prevent offensive messages from being sent in the first place. Learn more about how Tinder is aiming to protect communications.

Why sexual harassment in the workplace looks different amid the pandemic

People behave differently when at work than at home. Work tends to be more formal, and we communicate more freely—for better or for worse—with the people we live with. When work shifted from the office to homes during the pandemic, the lines between what is work and what is home blurred, and so did our varying standards of communication. One effect of the de-formalization of at-home work is that sexual harassment has become more prevalent in addition to being less likely to be observed by a third party. Learn more about how remote work affects sexual harassment.

Remote Work Is Catalyst for New HR Technology Investment

Gartner is predicting an 8.4 percent increase in information technology spending in 2021. While much of that will be invested in collaboration and productivity software, human resources managers are pushing for investing in tools that improve employee engagement and communication. And, there is some evidence that employees desire the latter, as well. Learn more about remote work and HR technologies.

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