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 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 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 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 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 might or may not be a very important thing for a relationship in lots of respects. For example: You can see how their vacation went simply by considering their photos (once they are posted) without ever actually speaking to them in person. In accordance with what you see, it will be left to your assumption. Addititionally there is having less emitting physical emotions by simply 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 were many instances where you have read 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. What if you were scrutinized by way of a superior at the job for a posting on your profile related to the work 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 an employee has been fired from their position due to a venting or complaint about their work place. Also, there have been recent findings that employers check internet sites whenever your application is received, and therefore assuming you have indecent pictures, comments or posts you might not even be looked at for that position without looking at your credentials.
Some social networking tips for the work place:
Try not to post in anger. Even when you delete it afterwords, there is a possibility it might be found by way of a simple Google search.
Many of the internet sites offer privacy settings that enable you to decide who you chose to connect with. So setup filters and even block people you don’t want 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 if you are provided one.
Bottom line is – Watch what you say. Monitor what you add. Watch who you connect with.

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