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Even though social networks like Twitter, Facebook and MySpace are immensely popular, few employers know what to do when their staff make derogatory remarks about their companies, Het Financieele Dagblad reports.
Stefan Sagel from lawyers firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek said, "there is no hard and fast rule in The Netherlands on when employers can intervene and how. Things are judged on a case-by-case basis. The position of the employee is also very important. A CEO can obviously do far more damage to a company than a coffee lady."
New Media Consultant Sophie Camp goes even further. She said, "employers need to realise that every employee is an ambassador nowadays. The times when you could instruct just one dedicated spokesperson are definitely over.
However, according to recent research carried out by staffing group Randstad, only 11% of European employers have such codes>