Social Media – keep it personal…

Social Media has gained momentum at a phenomenal rate since it first came in to our lives over 10 years’ ago.   It got me thinking as to what we did before?  Apart from picking up the phone and having a conversation, we wrote letters and we had a relationship with a diary, visiting most days to vent our frustrations or lay our emotions on the line, in black and white, and then hiding it away so no-one could see our inner most thoughts.

So what do we do now?  We still put our thoughts out there only this time we publish them for all our friends and associates to see!  If we’ve had a good day or a fun weekend then everyone knows about it, some even ‘like’ our photos and exchange dialogue.  That’s all well and good but why, oh why, do we tell EVERYONE when we’ve had a bad day, especially at work?!

Whether you’ve not felt up to work after the weekend or your workload is a little slow, DON’T PUT IT ON FACEBOOK!  There are quite a few stories in the media of people venting their work frustrations on Face Book which then comes back to haunt them, some have even faced dismissal.  Face Book is a wolf in sheep’s clothing when it comes to revealing your daily/weekly activities and thoughts.  Use it to share your news with everyone but keep how you feel about work to yourself.  Everyone is entitled to have a bad day, just don’t publicise it.

Some extracts from recent reports to give you food for thought…

‘Had a full on weekend with little sleep J.  Now I’m sitting behind a desk and bored out of my head!  My ………….. of a boss keeps coming over to see what I’m doing and it’s driving me mad!’   

‘Another Monday morning….bored, bored, bored.  I hate my job.’

‘Good job I’m only a temp as you couldn’t pay me enough money to work here!’

Pretty dangerous sentiments to put out on Facebook, don’t you think?  If you’re someone who likes to write things down in order to vent your frustrations, buy yourself a diary and start a relationship with a piece of paper, it could save your job…

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