Social Networks and the task 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 another 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 with a social network to ask, “What’s for lunch?” once the co-worker your asking is right close to you or really close by? There may be so much interaction with a co-worker on these internet sites 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 can observe how their vacation went just by looking at their photos (after they are posted) without ever actually speaking to them in person. According to what you see, it’ll 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 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 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 have been recorded instances where a worker 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 social networks when your application is received, meaning that when you have indecent pictures, comments or posts you might not even be considered for that position without considering your credentials.
Some social networking strategies for the work place:
Do not post in anger. Even when you delete it afterwords, there exists a possibility it usually is found by way of a simple Google search.
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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 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 when you are provided one.
Bottom line is – Watch what you say. Watch what you add. Watch who you connect to.