Let’s consult social media

How many hours a day am I on social media? What are the kinds of things (activities) that I post on the net? Do I ask someone’s opinion before I post my things online?

Have you asked yourself these questions lately?
You’re surely wonder why I think you should ask yourself those questions. Well, let me explain myself:

Most of us are constantly on social media, posting our activities like relationship status, vacation trip, party photos etc. It’s already a fact that most of the things you post online are visible for others, even things you don’t want everyone to see (mostly seen via via). This could be your classmates, your (future) work colleagues or even your (future) boss and/ or teachers.

A research in 2012 showed that 1 out of 3 entrepreneurs monitor their workers. 10% of them do that regularly. Previous cases in the past showed that many bosses fired their workers based on their online behavior.
On the Dutch webpage http://www.journalistiekennieuwemedia.nl/digitalegrenzen/ontslagdoortwitter/   you can see some examples that took place in the past in the world of journalism.

Another Good example is the one that appeared last year on the Facebook page “AH Medewekers be like”. The employee was fired online.

AH be like

There is a chance that this is just a joke, but it’s a good example to show what really happening around the world. There are also many of the HR peoples that use the social media when reading your application and CV.

Now I want to ask you my dear readers; do you agree with the fact that leaders are following their workers behaviors online?  Are you someone who also uses (consult) the social media regularly if you want to know who someone is or are you the -“That’s not my business type”-?? Do you see yourself as a future Business Information Manager/ leader/ consultant that will follow their clients/ employees on social media?







4 responses to “Let’s consult social media”

  1. 353191er says :

    Personally, I think that these days people do need to become aware of what they are posting and who is viewing it. I haven’t been a manager, but as an employee ( I worked for a small firm in the summer) I did connect via Facebook with my two managers because that is what you do nowadays. You have a new job, you connect with the people there, you go to the university – you connect with people there etc. When I was on exchange, almost the first thing what we did at the party after learning each other’s names was adding each other on Facebook! This part was a lyrical introduction, but here is my main thought: everyone should be careful about what they post and to whom. If I imagine myself working in human resources, I would definitely take a look at a person’s profile, especially if I have difficulty choosing between candidates. As an HR manager you want the best for your firm, you want an employee that matches the organisation spirit. Perhaps if you see that every Thursday this potential employee goes for drinks with friends and comes home barely conscious, you might doubt whether this is your match, especially if Friday is the day of reports (or other tasks requiring responsible approach).
    Furthermore, what happened with the AH employee is just idiotic. Maybe the manager wasn’t even monitoring but got an update because this employee proposed to be Facebook friends earlier! It is pure disrespect to post something like this while he can see it. In private sphere, I also have heard people complaining about friends not being able to meet because they were so busy and in an hour they see a Facebook picture of a cocktail, made by that same person. Everyone should check who can see their post to avoid hurting others.

  2. 358047tt says :

    It was quite an interesting read and as the previous commentor pointed out, people should be more aware nowadays that (potential) employers will check out ones social networking profile. Furthermore, they should be aware that other parties, e.g. insurance companies might start to check out their profile in the future as well. Life insurance firms or health insurance could check out their client’s facebook profile to figure out whether he/she engages in risky (e.g. skydiving) or unhealthy behavior (e.g. excessive drinking or smoking) to raise their insurance rates or deny coverage. Even though it could be perceived as intrusion of privacy, however, some firms call it “fair game” as the information is freely available on the internet. Users can only protect themselves by filtering what information they make available to the public. Social media services, e.g. Facebook already offer their users the possibility to decide who exactly can see their posts and photos. In addition, it allows users to categorize their “friends” and adjust their settings accordingly. With these functionalities social media users can easily protect themselves.


  3. 345052rm says :

    I also believe this topic will become more and more important in the future. If I were an HR manager, I would definitely check whether a potential candidate has an online presence. As mentioned in the other comments, this information is freely available, and I believe it is the task of an HR manager to thoroughly assess a person before hiring: a firm wants to know what type of person it is about to attract. If you are about to hire a person that looks good from his/her CV, and did well in a personal conversation, you might as well want to double check his/her online presence. Important information about a person’s nature can be hidden there, that cannot be deduced from paper or a simple conversation. Yet, from the perspective of an employee, it is however alarming that a (potential) employer could access all your private pictures, thoughts, activities, interests, etc. Luckily, the social media platform providers have some features that restrict the content that is shown to others. Furthermore, federal legislation in America has put boundaries on what can and cannot be done by employers based on employees’ posts on social media (Meister, 2013). For example, when an employee has made a negative comment about the employer from his/her personal account, and the intention is to improve the job conditions for a group of employees, this is allowed by the National Labor Relations Board (Meister, 2013). Yet, users can also decide for themselves if they want to add people from the office to their personal social media accounts. In particular, one could not add work-related acquaintances to Facebook, but instead to LinkedIn. This could already solve part of the problem from the employees’ perspective. Furthermore, employees can also use the ‘5 Rs of Social Media’ guideline, as established by Jeanne Meister (2013), in order to protect themselves from nosey employers.

    Meister, J. (2013). ‘To Do: Update Company’s Social Media Policy ASAP’. Forbes. Available from: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeannemeister/2013/02/07/to-do-update-companys-social-media-policy-asap/ [Accessed on: 19 October 2014.]

  4. 350659ds says :

    Interesting post. You’re of course raising the question of privacy and whether or not we, the users are aware of the consequences. In all honesty I’m an advocator of this whole privacy debate being overblown, which I’m well aware is not a popular opinion. Not only in this example you have sketched out (where I would recommend users tighten there privacy settings, especially if they are going to post such idiotic things) but also in general. Why would I be annoyed if a Google or Facebook wants to advertise products or services I may actually want to use? There is this notion that everyone finds themselves important enough to be monitored to the extent that they imagine some IT nerd in a room somewhere meticulously analyzing their every website view or click.
    This notion has me worried that people are getting more and more self indulged and are losing site of reality. Of course privacy is something that shouldn’t be taken to lightly and companies need to be transparent with what they are intending to collect (even behind the scenes) but we as users who accept the terms and conditions should take some responsibility into our own hands and post only the information we are willing to share with (whether we are aware or not) a large group of people.

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