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Social Media Policy in the Works For Ector County Employees


By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY- Ector County Commissioners are looking to crack down on social media in the workplace. On Monday, county leaders took steps to make sure online activity isn't getting in the way of doing your job.

In the last few years, social media has exploded, so much that its popularity has carried over into the workplace.

"Some of our departments do use Facebook to disseminate information," Ector County Judge, Susan Redford, said. "I think it's a valuable tool. Same with Twitter."

But for many people, it's also a big distraction.

"Studies are showing consistently that in most work places the use of social media is impeding an employee's ability to get their everyday work done," Redford said.

Redford said luckily it's not a big problem here, yet. But they're trying to stop it before it starts.

County Commissioners voted to hire an attorney to help them draw up a social media policy for employees.

"We want to, one, protect the county, and two, make sure that we're operating as efficiently as possible," Redford said.

Redford said social media policies in the workplace is a growing trend and it's something they've wanted for a while now.

About 660 people are employed by Ector County.

Although it's barely in the beginning stages, employees can expect their work computers to be monitored.

"Absolutely, we'll be able to monitor that use in the workplace to make sure that if it is, it's used consistent with our policies," Redford said. "It's a very fine line. We just wanna make sure that the county is protected and we're efficient."