Social Media & the Workplace – 3 Tips for Success

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1. Keep it professional: Social media is a great resource for doing some networking, getting your news, and just about everything in between, but keep in mind that as a professional, everything you post on your personal pages could come under scrutiny at work. Keep your content appropriate and friendly, never complain about work, supervisors or coworkers, and use it as an opportunity to convey positive messages.

2. Utilize it on your own time: Social media platforms are literally available at our finger tips, and while they are easily accessible, this doesn’t mean that they should be accessed any time you feel like it. Try to keep your online activities work related while at the office, and if you do feel the need to update a status or send a tweet, do so only on breaks.

3. Be familiar with your company policy: Every company will have a different set of rules in relation to their social media activities. The best way to prepare yourself is to have a thorough understanding of your individual organization’s policies. If your company has a ban on all social media sites, don’t risk updating that status as it could cost you your job. Social media is exciting; it allows us to remain constantly plugged into the world and those around us, but keep in mind that there is a time and a place for everything, and social media may not always be an appropriate workplace activity. Use good judgment and always be professional, and you will be on your way to social media success.

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