Social Media at Work
People love to stay connected, so it’s no wonder that social media sites continue to grow in popularity. However, with social media sites going mobile and are open 24 hours a day, people can often forget where to draw the line, especially at work. Companies should examine how this media is affecting them and how they can implement ways to move forward with technology without letting it interfere with productivity.
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Rules are set in place to help guide employee what is and is not acceptable to share via social media. Sometimes employees forget they are at work or forget they are representing their jobs when they post online, which can lead to inappropriate posts or information leaks. Sometimes basic rules needs to be established to remind employees that when they are using social media at work.
Being transparent on a social media site means that that you are open and honest about your identity and your purpose. If you try to post as someone else or under the assumption of another person, you are not being transparent about who you are, and it can cloud people’s judgment about you. By hiding behind a name or a label, it makes people questions why you are posting and what kind of image you are portraying for your company. Not being transparent will make your audience question what your company stands for or represents. So always post on a website clearly and with open intentions. Don’t try to be sneaky or sly – it can backfire and cause more damage.
Social media is not meant to act as a cloak to hide behind and disguise ourselves when we communicate with other people. Social media should be treated no differently than if you were speaking with someone face to face. The words you choose to use online hold the same meaning as if you had said them in person. The actions you do online give a bigger impression than the actions or words you perform in real life. Don’t try to boost your ego or sound bigger than you are, because this will only lead customers on and give the wrong impressions to other users on the site. As we’ve said, be transparent and don’t try to disguise your identity or purpose.
· You are the same person online and off.
· Your words hold the same meaning in person and online.
· Your actions online speak louder than words said in person.
The primary use of social media is through written communication, whether it is on a blog site, a written article or even just a personal webpage. Because millions of people can view your site at one time, it is very important to ensure that you are using the correct form of grammar and correct spelling. It may seem like a minor thing to remember, but bad grammar or incorrect spelling can cause a negative representation on not only you, but the company that employs you. It can misrepresent your education level and can discredit the knowledge you claim to possess. Don’t just rely on computer spell check systems, since they do not always pick up every mistake. Be aware that you should always check your spelling and grammar!