To accept or not to accept colleagues on social networks? Discover 15 tips for managing online work connections and keeping peace in your virtual feed.
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Why add colleagues on social networks?
Have you ever considered the idea of having your colleagues on social networks? Sounds crazy, right? But it can be an incredible way to strengthen ties outside the office. After all, it’s a way of getting to know more about their lives beyond their desks and computers.
On the other hand, there is always the risk of mixing professional and personal life too much. And that’s where our next topic comes in.
Facebook and colleagues: the fine line between professional and personal
Facebook was once everyone’s network. Now, with coworkers on the list, you have to be careful. That photo from the club or that barbecue might not be the best image to share.
But look, that doesn’t mean you have to hide. You just need to find a balance, and perhaps use groups and friends’ lists to separate what everyone sees. Speaking of which, have you seen your colleagues’ Stories on Instagram?
Be careful with Stories: what to show and what to hide
Stories are ephemeral, they last 24 hours, but the impression they leave can be eternal. Showing your day-to-day life is fun, but maybe your colleague doesn’t want to see your cat all day (or maybe they do!).
The point here is to be authentic, but remember that not all your followers are your BFFs. And since we mentioned Instagram, what about the use of hashtags?
Colleagues on Instagram: professional or personal hashtag?
Hashtags are the lifeblood of Instagram!
Now, imagine mixing #TrabalhandoComOsMelhores and #FestaAtODiaClarear in the same post? It may not be the best choice.
Select your hashtags well, especially if you have colleagues following you. Maintain a balance between the personal and the professional. And speaking of balance, what do you do when thorny issues arise?
When politics comes into play: online debates and colleagues
Ah, politics. It’s everywhere, including on social media. Opinions can be strong and debates heated. The rule here is simple: always respect.
It’s totally valid to have opinions, but remember that on Monday you’ll be meeting your colleagues in the office.
A healthy discussion can be enriching, but avoid unnecessary confrontation. And, changing the subject, how about a bit of humor?
Memes and coworkers: laugh, but don’t offend
Ah, memes! They’re the darlings of the internet, right? They are a fun way of expressing feelings and reactions. However, not every meme can be well received by all colleagues.
Remember: moods vary from person to person. Share those that are universal and avoid those that may touch on sensitive subjects. And if you’re thinking of getting more serious, how about LinkedIn?
Your LinkedIn profile vs. more relaxed profiles
LinkedIn is our serious face on the Internet. It’s where we show off our achievements and skills and look for new opportunities. Unlike Instagram or Facebook, formality is welcome here.
However, it’s not because it’s a professional environment that you can’t show a bit of your personality. Be authentic, but remember the context. And speaking of context, watch out for Twitter!
Colleagues on Twitter: think twice before tweeting
Ah, Twitter, the world in 280 characters. It’s easy to get carried away and tweet everything. But with colleagues following you, it’s a good idea to think twice before making that thoughtless tweet.
Keep a balance between sharing opinions and maintaining peace in the workplace. A misplaced phrase can lead to misunderstandings. And while we’re on the subject of messaging, how about WhatsApp?
Work groups on WhatsApp: what to share?
WhatsApp groups can be a blessing or a nightmare. It’s useful for dealing with quick work issues, but beware of too many “good days” or random videos.
Always think: “Would I like to receive this?” before sending it. Keep the group focused and avoid excesses. Now, if you want to control what your colleagues see, let’s talk about privacy.
Configuring privacy for colleagues on social networks
And how is your privacy with colleagues on social networks? Privacy is a precious commodity. Social networks like Facebook and Instagram allow you to configure who sees what.
Want to post something more personal? Use friends lists or private stories.
This separation helps to maintain harmony and avoid embarrassing situations. What if someone comments on something that bothers you?
Comment etiquette: colleagues vs. long-time friends
Commenting on social media is normal, but with work colleagues, the tone can change. After all, jokes you make with old friends may not be welcomed by a colleague.
Be cordial, avoid inside jokes and, if you feel you’ve crossed the line, apologize. Sometimes sincerity offline solves problems online. And speaking of online, what should you post about company events?
Company events on social media: to post or not to post?
Celebrations, training sessions, birthdays… moments we want to treasure. But should everyone go to the networks? If the company allows it, fine, but always with respect and moderation.
Avoid photos that colleagues might feel uncomfortable with and always ask permission before posting. Oh, and there’s that pending request from a colleague. To accept or not to accept?
When and how to refuse requests from colleagues on networks
It’s complicated, isn’t it? Sometimes we want to keep some networks just for friends and family. And it’s all good! If you don’t feel comfortable, you can refuse the request.
If your colleague asks, be honest.
Say that you prefer to keep the network to personal matters. Most people will understand. What if something goes wrong?
The importance of feedback on networks: did you make a mistake? Chat offline
Mistakes happen, but the important thing is how we deal with them. If you’ve posted something you shouldn’t have or got into a heated argument, offline chat may be the solution.
Apologize, explain your point of view and listen to the other person. Sincerity can rebuild bridges. And watch out for more relaxed networks, like Snapchat.
Snapchat and colleagues: what to share and what to avoid
Snapchat is a looser, more relaxed network. But even so, with coworkers, it’s worth having a filter. That crazy party at the weekend? Maybe it’s not the best choice for posting.
Use Snapchat for lighter, more fun moments. What if a new viral challenge arises?
Viral challenges and colleagues: take part or stay away?
Viral challenges are fun and can be tempting. But before you jump in, think about the context. Something harmless to you may be strange to a colleague.
Be selective. Choose positive and fun challenges, and avoid those that could be controversial. And how do you deal when your colleagues think differently?
Colleagues on social media: dealing with differing opinions
Different opinions are natural. But on social media, they can become real minefields. The secret is mutual respect.
Agreeing to disagree is an art. Avoid endless debates and always seek understanding. What if you want a clearer separation?
Creating friends lists: separating colleagues from personal friends
Lists are useful! They allow you to share specific content to specific groups. Want to post something just for the family? Or just for work colleagues? Lists are the solution.
Spend some time configuring them. This way, you have more control over your privacy and avoid gaffes. What about the stories?
Private stories: who to show and who to hide?
Private stories are a secret only for those closest to you. Use and abuse them when you want to share more intimate or specific moments.
Be selective when choosing who to show it to. This way, you maintain your freedom without exposing too much. And finally, let’s get to the navigation.
Surfing the net with colleagues: final tips for keeping the peace
We’ve seen it all, haven’t we? From politics to memes, from party photos to constructive feedback. Having colleagues on social media can be challenging, but also rewarding.
Maintain respect, empathy and good humor. Above all, remember that online life is just an extension of offline life. There’s no substitute for a good chat in the company café.
Until the next post, colleague! 😉