Social Networks and the task Place

How many co-workers from your 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 task place. You can be involved with 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 network to ask, “What’s for lunch?” once the co-worker your asking is right next to you or really close by? There can 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’re able to see how their vacation went simply by considering their photos (after 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 just words. To slightly assist with the emitting of physical emotions, emoticons and certain symbols have already been created.
Can these social networks allow you to get into trouble? There have been 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. 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 were recorded instances where an employee has been fired from their position due to a venting or complaint about their work place. Also, there were recent findings that employers check internet sites when 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 strategies for the work place:
Do not post in anger. In case you delete it afterwords, there is a possibility it might be 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 even block people you don’t want to connect.
Be wary 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 for anyone who is provided one.
Bottom line is – Watch what you say. Watch what you add. Watch who you connect with.