Month: June 2015

social media at work: mixing business with pleasure

My friend recently got the following Wassup post from his boss.

“Love your job but do not love your company, because you never know when your company stops loving you…always leave office on time and use your working hours efficiently”

A quick answer registered…

“Double like! Very true, was just discussing it here with so and so!”

Social media has changed the way we do business in very positive ways. It’s now possible to cut those long boardroom meetings by simply creating a wassup group where everyone can contribute to discussions. Immediate communication is also done across the group at once. Good humour is also shared to make work fun.

But wait a minute… always exercise caution. The above post is great and I personally believe in work-life balance. However, some of these messages could be used against you.

what does social media say about you?

Commitment: your job description probably talked about the requirement to work beyond normal hours. During the interview you emphasized on your flexibility and got hired. And here you are announcing that you ought to leave work early. You’re boss probably has no problem with it as long as you’re efficient during working hours but he needs to know you’re committed to your work enough to do extra hours. You’re employer also needs you to ‘own’ the company and its mission. Announcing that loving the company is wrong could be interpreted as lacking in commitment.

Focus: a group created for work discussions should generally be about work. Using it to post irrelevant messages or to initiate work unrelated discussions may be unwise. Always keep the purpose in focus.

Time efficiency: take for example the above great post. It emphasizes on work  efficiency. But possibly its posted during working hours. It is quiet clear you’re stealing employers time to post messages. At the same time avoid posting work issues way after working hours. Respect other people’s privacy.

Motivation: some posts could be interpreted differently depending on the person who sent it. Sometimes harmless jokes could turn hostile and ill motivated depending on the audience. Topics such politics, tribe/race and religion generally tend to be sensitive. If your boss sends bad jokes, resist flowing with him, it could spell disrespect.

Unmindful: how would you love your phone memory being crowded with unnecessary media? Or your phone beeping now and then from long forwarded messages? This could be irritating to your colleagues.

Create healthy boundaries in work relationships. Think through your posts and have a productive day, won’t you?