The Facebook Factor
Posted on July 25, 2011 by Gail Danneman
Facebook has provided an easy and free way to connect with almost anyone. While Facebook helps bring people together and allows them to communicate with one another, it also allows organizations to gain access to one’s personal information. Many seem to forget the ease of accessibility of pictures, posts, and status updates. Organizations are becoming increasingly aware of employees’ Facebook profiles and the information that is posted that may reflect the organization poorly.
While it may seem an obvious “no-no”, many employees are venting about his or her job on Facebook for the world to see. Although writing something negative about work on Facebook may not be discovered by one’s organization, it is a risky move to make. Perhaps even more dangerous is the increasing amount of Facebook use during work hours. Despite organizational computers having sites such as Facebook and other social media sites blocked, the increasing amount of smartphone users allows undetected use.
A recent study indicates that 77% of those with a Facebook profile access the site during work hours. How does this impact organizations? If employees are spending time online rather than working, productivity can take a big hit. Although organizations may not be too popular by cracking down on Facebook use during work hours, it may be in the organization’s best interest to succeed.
Things to think about if you have a Facebook account:
- Less is More: Many people have a Facebook account simply to stay in touch with friends and family. The less information that is revealed on Facebook, the better.
- Post Wisely: Before posting anything on Facebook, ask yourself how you would feel if your organization saw it. This goes for pictures too. Although that picture of you at the bar may make you look like a fun person, your organization may not feel the same.
- Save it For Home: Limit your use to after-work hours or on a lunch break. Your organization is paying you to work, not connect with friends.
Do you think it is okay for organization’s to look at employee’s Facebook profiles? What is your opinion of Facebook and the workplace?