The use of social media is something that virtually everyone is involved in. Any company that is hiring a new employee these days must consider what that employee may be posting on social media. It may reflect poorly on the company if that individual is eventually hired.
Thus, it is always nice when you run a social media screen ahead of time to see what your potential hire has been saying and doing on social media.
Sexual Harassment Issues Can Be Avoided
We are finally to a point in society when we are recognizing how important and pervasive sexual harassment is in our society. It seems that as a culture we have wanted to ignore this issue for a very long time. However, we have finally made the change to pay attention to it.
Some say that this started with Harvey Weinstein and all that came of his case, and that may be true. Regardless of exactly when it started, the fact of the matter is that sexual harassment is now something that employers need to be on the lookout for. In fact, a social media screening can indicate early signs of harassment going on within the workplace.
Even Men Admit To Sexual Harassment
There are more than a few men who readily admit to participation in sexual harassment even in the workplace. In fact, about twenty-five percent of men personally admit that they have done things that are manipulative of women to try to get them to have sex.
It could be anything from forcible sexual activity to guilt tripping women to try to get them to engage in sexual activity. It runs the range, but it is scary to know that so many men will voluntarily admit to having done these types of things. That means that the real number who do is even higher which is terrifying.
Employers need to protect themselves and the other people that they hire from predators such as this. They have to think about what could be a sign of someone being a sexual harasser in the future.
What To Look For On Social Media
Anyone on social media who admits to behavior that could be considered sexual harassment is obviously someone that you should be suspect of. In addition, you might want to look for people who seem to support causes or groups that are anti-women or something along those lines.
Those may be people who are more likely to engage in sexual harassment of their co-workers. It is so much easier to try to nip this thing in the bud if you can get a handle on it as early as possible.
When someone posts something out on social media it is fair game for your consumption. They have put it out on a public forum for others to read about. If they are so confident as to post these things out on the Internet, then they clearly were not afraid of what others might think of them. This means that you should use those resources to your advantage.
Social media screening is just another tool in the arsenal of hiring managers at this point. Do not be afraid to use it to your advantage as well. You may well discover something that you are glad to have learned about ahead of time before you make a hiring decision.