A Quick Word from Danielle….
The topic for today is something I’ve blogged about before and some of what I talk about when I am teaching business networking. It’s about posting on Social Media.
There are many things we would not allow in the workplace. If your employee was being rude to a customer and/or using derogatory language with coworkers, what would you do? Would you reprimand that employee? Write them up? Fire them? Think about these scenarios and these questions for a moment. My guess is these things would not be tolerated.
If you would not tolerate the above scenario in the workplace, why do you accept them on Social Media? I’ve always tried to educate people about what not to post on Social Media. When I read what’s in my Newsfeed, sometimes I’m simply horrified.
Social Media is a great place to connect with friends, family, and business associates. My rules have always been no politics and no trying to convert people to your religion. Both of these items can elicit a hotbed of emotions. Especially over the past year and a half, we’ve all been witness to inappropriate conversations on Social Media. People are impassioned by their beliefs, but I’ve seen friendships break up and business relationships ended because of what people have chosen to post, specifically about the election and the past several months with a new administration.
On Facebook, at least, you can put your connections into categories. By doing this, you can post those things not appropriate in the workplace to your friends and family members, while keeping it away from your business associates.
If you are in business and you are using Social Media to build your business, then you have to really think about the impression you want to leave with the people whose business you want to earn. I myself have unfriended several people, because I was stunned and saddened by their posts. Some of these people were business associates and I was shocked by some of what I read and honestly, I have stopped trying to do business with some people.
The bottom line is, please think before you post to everyone on your contact list. Think about how you want to be treated if you were in a customer or prospect’s place of business and how you would feel if you were treated disrespectfully. Would you stay and put up with that behavior or would you turn and walk out and find someone else to do business?
Think of Social Media as an extension of your office and think about what kind of impression you want to give to your employees, employers, customers, and prospects. We always need to think about these things.
And that’s all I’ve got to say about this today.