Social Networks and the task Place

How many co-workers from your own work place are on Facebook? MySpace? AIM? Twitter? Are social networks acting as a buffer to true to life social interaction at your workplace? These social networks and several 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 have you sent a message with a social network 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 social networks without actually having to come face-to-face with people for days, weeks or months. This may or may not be a good thing for a relationship in lots of respects. For example: You’re able to observe how their vacation went simply by looking at their photos (after they are posted) without ever actually speaking to them in person. According to what you see, it will be left to your assumption. Addititionally there is having less emitting physical emotions by just words. To slightly help with the emitting of physical emotions, emoticons and certain symbols have already been created.
Can these social networks get you into trouble? There have been 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. Imagine if you were scrutinized by 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 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 workplace. Also, there were 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 looking at your credentials.
Some social networking strategies for the work place:
Do not post in anger. In case you delete it afterwords, there exists a possibility it could be found by a simple Google search.
Many of the social networks offer privacy settings that allow you to decide who you thought we would connect with. So create filters and also block people you don’t want 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 when you are provided one.
Bottom line is – Monitor what you say. Watch what you add. Watch who you connect to.