Without a doubt, social media use has become an integral part of most people’s day – 50% of Australians use Facebook daily and 35% of Australians use social media at work*. With this in mind we have put together a little list of the do’s and don’ts of using social media for personal reasons in the workplace. Consider this a guide on how to be more mindful of your social media use so that it doesn’t become a habit that can jeopardise your working relationships.
- Check your personal emails, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc on your way to and from work. This is the perfect window of time to get all your relevant updates and see what’s trending.
- Get into the habit of putting your personal phone on silent as soon as you arrive at the office.
- Better yet, put your phone in your top drawer if you are easily distracted or get a lot of notifications and messages on your screen.
- Use your lunch break to login to your social media.
- Use your discretion and check something if you need to, or respond to a message, text message, etc.
- If you really need your social media fix, use LinkedIn. Like, comment or share articles and info that is work related. Learn something new. Then close the window and get on with your work.
- Assume that your boss (and potential future employers) will eventually see everything you distribute online. If you don’t want them to ever see it, don’t post it.
- Login to your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc on your work computer.
- Check your phone too frequently.
- Waste your workday, your boss’s time or your employers money by surfing Facebook or Instagram on their time.
- Get involved in chats or posts that involve your time, concentration or energy.
- Assume you are being discreet – you won’t often realise that you aren’t.
- Document your day at work in selfies and updates.
- Be afraid to occasionally check a post or look something up quickly when you have a moment. If you are doing all of the above, you are obviously not taking advantage of the situation and your boss most likely won’t mind if you have to quickly do something on social media of a personal nature.
The key to remember is that, as with most things, it’s all about balance. Things come up, and social media is a growing part of our every day lives. Ultimately though, when you are at work – do your job. Leave the social media for before and after.