Social Networks and the Work Place

How many co-workers from your own work place are on Facebook? MySpace? AIM? Twitter? Are internet sites acting as a buffer to true to life social interaction at your office? These social networks and many like them have enabled a different type of co-existence in the work 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 have you sent a message via a social networking to ask, “What’s for lunch?” when the co-worker your asking is right next 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 might or may not be a very important thing for a relationship in many 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. According to what you see, it’ll be left to your assumption. There is also having less emitting physical emotions by just words. To slightly assist with the emitting of physical emotions, emoticons and certain symbols have 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 focus on these social networks. At this time, it is your own responsibility to partake in the venting or ignore. What if you were scrutinized by way of a superior at work for a posting on your own profile related to the work place? As the social media marketing revolution rises, tracking what an employee does or says has become a lot easier. There were recorded instances where an employee has been fired from their position because of venting or complaint about their work place. Also, there were recent findings that employers check internet sites whenever your application is received, and therefore should you have indecent pictures, comments or posts you will possibly not even be considered for that position without looking at your credentials.
Some social networking strategies for the work place:
Try not to post in anger. In case you delete it afterwords, there exists a possibility it usually is found by a simple Google search.
Many of the internet sites offer privacy settings that allow you to decide who you chose to connect with. So create filters and also block people you don’t want to connect.
Be wary of the photos you add and are made viewable to everyone in your social networking circle.
Try not to associate accounts or profiles with a work e-mail account when you are provided one.
Bottom line is – Monitor what you say. Monitor what you add. Watch who you connect with.