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The ethics of social media... what would you do?

As the manager of a small close-knit team in a large financial services institution, one of your team members has made you aware the new employee in your team has a sexually explicit Instagram account, and that others in the broader business division are gossiping about this individual.

You approach HR who express concern the gossip might be interpreted as workplace harassment and direct you to the social media policy. The policy is not clear or prescriptive about what you should do in this situation.  
What would you do?

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Neesha on Thursday, 28 Nov 2019
This is a difficult situation as one can't interfere in anyone's personal life, however, given that the employee is new and they may not be aware of the corporate culture/policies, I as a Manager would have a one on one discussion with the employee in a professional and polite manner and discuss the impact of social media on our corporate work in general. I would not involve HR as that would a formal discussion and could consider harassment. However, I would not ignore this as well as its important to bring to the concern employees notice that an employee's character is very important in the corporate world as we deal with clients and internal stakeholders and this could be a reputation risk to the organisation.

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