Social Networks and the Work Place
How many co-workers from your own work place are on Facebook? MySpace? AIM? Twitter? Are social networks acting as a buffer to true to life social interaction at your office? These social networks and several like them have enabled another type of co-existence in the task place. You can be involved in a person’s “life” depending how much they post notifications or photos about themselves for the viewing pleasure.
How many times perhaps you have sent a message via a social networking to ask, “What’s for lunch?” when the co-worker your asking is right close to you or really near by? There can be so much interaction with a co-worker on these social networks without actually having to come face-to-face with people for days, weeks or months. This may or may not be a good thing for a relationship in lots of respects. For example: You’re able to see how their vacation went just by looking at their photos (once they are posted) without ever actually speaking to them in person. In accordance with what you see, it’ll be left to your assumption. There is also having less emitting physical emotions by simply words. To slightly assist with the emitting of physical emotions, emoticons and certain symbols have already been created.
Can these social networks get you into trouble? There have been many instances where you have find out about a co-worker or you have vented about work on these social networks. At this point, it is your personal responsibility to partake in the venting or ignore. Imagine if you were scrutinized by way of a superior at work for a posting on your profile related to the task place? As the social media marketing revolution rises, tracking what a worker does or says has become a lot easier. There have been recorded instances where a worker has been fired from their position due to a venting or complaint about their workplace. Also, there were recent findings that employers check social networks whenever your application is received, and therefore assuming you have indecent pictures, comments or posts you will possibly not even be considered for that position without considering your credentials.
Some social networking strategies for the work place:
Try not to post in anger. Even when you delete it afterwords, you will find a possibility it is usually found by a simple Google search.
Many of the social networks offer privacy settings that enable you to decide who you thought we would connect with. So create filters and even block people you don’t desire to connect.
Be skeptical of the photos you add and so are made viewable to everyone in your social media circle.
Try not to associate accounts or profiles with a work e-mail account should you be provided one.
Bottom line is – Monitor what you say. Watch what you add. Watch who you connect to.