Social Networks and the Work Place

How many co-workers from your own workplace are on Facebook? MySpace? AIM? Twitter? Are internet sites acting as a buffer to real life social interaction at your workplace? These social networks and many like them have enabled a different type of co-existence in the task place. You can be involved with a person’s “life” depending how much they post notifications or photos about themselves for your viewing pleasure.
How many times perhaps you have sent a message with 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 may be so much interaction with a co-worker on these internet sites without actually needing to come face-to-face with people for days, weeks or months. This may or may not be a very important thing for a relationship in many respects. For example: You can observe how their vacation went simply by looking at their photos (after they are posted) without ever actually talking with them in person. In accordance with what you see, it will be left to your assumption. There is also the lack of emitting physical emotions by simply words. To slightly help with the emitting of physical emotions, emoticons and certain symbols have been created.
Can these social networks get you into trouble? There were many instances where you have find out about a co-worker or you have vented about work on these social networks. At this stage, it is your personal responsibility to partake in the venting or ignore. What if you were scrutinized by a superior at work for a posting on your own profile related to the task place? As the social media revolution rises, tracking what an employee does or says has turned into a lot easier. There were recorded instances where an employee has been fired from their position because of venting or complaint about their workplace. Also, there have been recent findings that employers check social networks whenever your application is received, meaning that in case you have indecent pictures, comments or posts you will possibly not even be looked at for that position without looking at your credentials.
Some social networking strategies for the work place:
Do not post in anger. Although you may delete it afterwords, there is a possibility it could be found by way of 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 set up filters and even block people you don’t desire to connect.
Be wary of the photos you add and are made viewable to everyone in your social media circle.
Do not associate accounts or profiles with a work e-mail account should you be provided one.
Bottom line is – Watch what you say. Monitor what you add. Watch who you interact with.

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