Blurred Lines in the Workplace
Workplace dynamics have become increasingly problematic thanks to social media making the lives of employees and employers easily accessible online. Can this intermingling of personal and professional be detrimental to the workplace hierarchy?
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Privacy is no longer a given now that we’re in a day and age where people make their personal lives public for all to see and examine. From an individual’s perspective, sharing personal aspects of one’s life isn’t such a big deal when your audience contains family and friends. However, when you consider a corporate setting in which the owner of the company is sharing such content and his or her employees are viewing it, then things become a bit more complicated for different reasons.
Scenario 1: The owner could be showing her employees aspects of her life in an effort to relate to them and show a more compassionate side. In this case, here are the pros and cons:
In the corporate world, superiors are supposed to be considered “untouchables” on some level so that a sense of authority is maintained. Otherwise, everyone considers themselves equal to the people they report to and rank goes straight out the window.
Scenario 2: Opening up too much to your superior can create a sticky situation if they get a glimpse of your less professional side. So, just as it’s tricky for an employer to put her personal life on display, it also gets complicated for employees to share aspects of their personal lives with their colleagues and superiors. Here are the pros and cons of this scenario:
So then, what’s the happy medium when it comes to intermingling your personal life on social media and your work life? Here are five tips to help you solve the dilemma.
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Leah Arnold-Smeets, owner of Emiko Consulting, is passionate about helping entrepreneurs capitalize on their strengths, improve on their weaknesses, and reach their full potential. Leah obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Southern California (USC).