Social Media: Not a Bad Thing in the Workplace

SocialmediaworkplaceSocial media has become such an integral part of our lives that most of us don’t even realize we are on these networks consistently throughout the day. These instances are not just confined to our personal time, but often people access their social profiles while on the clock. Is this wrong? Are there exceptions when it is acceptable to be on social media while at work?

The work I do can often blur together. I constantly stare at computer screens and television assets. I am a firm believer that a ten-minute break every few hours helps my productivity and focus. I will often times take a walk, grab a coffee from the cafeteria or browse my social media accounts to breathe. These little breaks do not have a negative impact on my work performance. I don’t believe they are ethically wrong. Am I the only one that feels this way, especially when it comes to social media breaks?

#NickiatHSN

#NickiatHSN

In my field that majority of people I work with list their professions in their biography and often promote their shows. For instance, this past week we launched Nicki Minaj’s fragrance exclusively at HSN. Our whole beauty team was posting about it. We were so excited about the social media buzz surrounding it and our work involved in this amazing launch. In my opinion this created a greater sense of teamwork between my colleagues and me. Ultimately I do not believe it is a bad thing to talk about work on social media, as long as it is ethically correct (viva la Best Buy guidelines).

For this reason I do not believe it is necessary for corporations to be strict on employees for their social media use at work. The relationship we are fostering and the environment we are creating is a positive one that brings us closer together. I believe that is invaluable in the workplace. However, I do believe there should be some guidelines to have some sense of control over our fluid social networks.

I believe a great way for companies to ensure their social media policies are understood is to bring them up in meetings every now and then. I discussed in my reading response how my company does quarterly town hall meetings. In these meetings business needs and practices are discussed. I think this would be a great way for my employer to discuss our social media in the workplace stance.

Do you believe companies should be stricter about social media use in the workplace? Do you think social media can encourage positive behaviors?

Everything in Moderation…

As we enter week six of this semester it was really cool to see how our course topic build on each other. Everything is coming full circle. Ethics can be a complicated area but as long as you have an action plan for a crisis you can swiftly navigate your way through any situation without compromising your values or mission statement.

I loved that Justin pointed out that “our ethics don’t change, decisions might.” Social media can bring about some very interesting situations. Just when you think you’ve encountered or planned for every occurrence a new one can be thrown out you. I think the best way to respond to these situations is through moderation.20-75

I am all for monitoring behavior and taking down offensive posts on social media. I follow a lot of celebrities on Twitter and it’s crazy to me the amount of hate speech that occurs on their accounts. If I were in their shoes I would delete these comments because they cause a hostile environment. People get very passionate and before you know it there’s an all out war via comments when all that was posted as a picture! For bigger brands not addressing this type of hateful material could illustrate that they are condoning this behavior.  I wish more companies would think about the environment they have/create on their social networks and have ways to combat these issues.

Every social network presents different challenges. I am active on both Twitter and Facebook and have seen behavior explicit to these sites. On Twitter people are confined to 140 characters comments are short, rants are more controlled. In my opinion it’s easier to control “the fire” on this network because of the character limitations and the fact that posts don’t appear very long on user’s newsfeeds. Facebook is a different story…one can write a novel on Facebook! Information spreads so fast on this site and lasts for a long time on newsfeeds. Every time someone comments, likes, or shares it appears in the newsfeed. The more attention it has the longer it will be visible.

Considering these circumstances I would say it is the most difficult to moderate hate speech on Facebook. Knowing this should prompt page administrators to monitor their content and comments more. Social media is a very powerful tool in our culture. One bad comment left unattended can cause serious ethical issues.