The rule of thumb is to try not to mix work and pleasure. There are company guidelines prohibiting fraternization and inter-office dating; personal agreements between co-workers can impact productivity… many times we try to separate the two as much as possible. For the most part, we don’t want our bosses to know what we do in our private lives. Due to social media, much of this has changed over the years. I have included three interesting articles that underscore this point:
I am astonished at the number of people who post things about their boss, about being hungover during the work week and complain about work on Facebook and Twitter. It is not that hard to access a page; even if it is blocked it takes one person to tell a supervisor about what was written. This is what the first article is about, about being careful what you post due to the fact someone higher up may see it. An example of this occurred when my current boss saw that a former employee took a new job on Facebook. Posting things of that nature are by no means professional and make you look terrible.
I included the article about do’s and don’ts because I feel as though it is applicable regardless of whether or not you are looking for work. The guidelines set forth are ones I think we should all apply on Facebook. One thing I will say is that it is hard to control what others write on your wall so try to befriend mature social networkers.
The Ryder Cup article I included for fun. I wanted to show that even professional athletes have restrictions and regulations about Twitter and Facebook. From personal experience, collegiate athletes need to be careful what they post on social media sites as it can result in disciplinary actions such as increased study hall hours to loss of scholarship.
What we can learn from all of this, and I apologize as this is much longer than a paragrapher, is to think before you post. Instead of thinking would your grandmother approve (I know there are some crazy grandmas out there), think would this impact a future employer from hiring me. If you have to think about it, well I think you have your answer.