Social Media In The Workplace: Does Jane Really Need To Follow You On Twitter?

January 10, 2018
Robert Sanders
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Estimated Read Time: 3 Minutes

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  • There are some serious risks in allowing your coworkers to follow you on your social media platforms    
  • There are discrimination issues that come into play. If for example, Joe allows Jane to follow him on his social media platforms she may learn that Joe is very vocal about his political or social beliefs, and maybe Jane doesn’t agree with Joe on those topics
  • When the person you friend on social media sees too much about you on your social media platform, they may see you in a different light
  • So be sure to assess the situation and when Jane sends you that friend request or asks to follow you on Instagram be sure that you’re making the best decision for yourself

Social media is huge, that’s pretty obvious. So when it comes to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram it seems like everyone has one, including your coworkers. But what should you do when you get a friend request from your coworker, Jane? Do you have to accept it? Is it rude or awkward not to? Sure I could give you a quick answer and save you three minutes from reading this blog. But what fun would that be? So let’s dive into it and really weigh our options on how to handle that friend request from Jane.    

 

That’s Up To You  

“Hey John, what’s your Instagram? I’m totally going to go follow you!” What do you do when your coworker Jane says that to you? You don’t want to be rude or make things awkward. But maybe you don’t want Jane following you on Instagram or any of your social media platforms. Well, the header says it all.

Deciding to let your coworker follow you on any social media platforms is up to your discretion. If you trust the person and want to welcome them into your personal life that’s fine! But request accepters beware. There are some serious risks in allowing your coworkers to follow you on your social media platforms.    

 

Risk? What Risk?

Discrimination can be a serious issue with social media. If Joe allows Jane to follow him on his social media platforms she may learn that Joe is very vocal about his political or social beliefs, and maybe Jane doesn’t agree with Joe on those topics. When you scroll through someone’s social media profiles, you gain access to oodles of personal details about that person.

 

 When you allow your coworkers, or anyone, to follow you on your social media profiles you open yourself up to them. It allows your followers to see things on your social media profiles that maybe they don’t agree with. So now that you’ve allowed Jane to have full access to your social media profiles, she might view you differently than she did before. She could treat you differently and maybe even display discriminative behaviors towards you.

 

What Happens When Jane Sees Too Much

Unfortunately, things can’t be unseen. Once Jane has seen the content you’ve posted on your social media accounts she may not view you in the same light. Because of that she no longer treats you the way she did before. That creates tension in the workplace and can ruin a company culture that you’ve worked so hard to build and maintain.

It’s okay to allow your coworkers to follow you on your social media profiles. A lot of times it works out okay. But for those few times that it doesn’t things can turn bad and turn bad quickly. So be sure to assess the situation and when Jane sends you that friend request or asks to follow you on Instagram be sure that you’re making the best decision for yourself.

 

Closing Thoughts 

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Robert Sanders

Written by Robert Sanders

Robert is our Marketing Executive. He is innovative, a creative thinker, and very good at digging into a problem to find the right answer for every topic. Robert speaks on various topics and brings about a lot of interesting points in different areas of business development and human resources. Robert loves to push the envelope and bring awareness to different issues and is also the voice of our podcast "The Water Cooler Podcast" .