CNN recently posted an article on mixing Social netowrking and work. Since so many of the CNN employees actively use Twitter and Facebook while at work, as part of their job, they are lucky. But, what about everybody else?
According to the article
Social networking sites have both good and bad uses in the business world, says Dr. Lynn Friedman, a clinical psychologist and adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University.
Face time vs. Facebook time
People can use the sites to make new acquaintances outside their departments and groups, and users can extend their networks beyond the traditional workplace, she says in an interview by e-mail. “It’s a way to enter new professional galaxies.”
But people can use the sites too much and as a consequence give less time to meeting with co-workers in person.
“In most businesses, it’s optimal to mix social networking with real-life face-to-face interaction,” she writes. “However, social networking can provide a springboard for identifying kindred spirits with whom one might want to do something old-fashioned like, say, having a cup of coffee. In an ideal world, it’s best to relate to others in both cyber and real space.”
Paula Pile, a psychologist who practices in North Carolina, says you need to be careful to make sure that social networking sites aren’t encroaching on your office time.
More than an hour a day is excessive, she warns. Worse, spending too much time on the sites can disrupt your balance between work and private time.
It can also take you out of your family time with your spouse or children.
“If you are spending two hours at home on them each night, you are not available to your family,” she says.
Both psychologists advise setting boundaries between yourself and the people you work with, as well as your online “friends.”
Friedman also suggests setting goals for using social networking sites and telling others about your limits to avoid hurt feelings.
She uses an example of someone who lets people know, “I don’t do those things at nights or on weekends so I can have my time with family.”
And Pile says to consider who you’re corresponding with during your work time.
If they aren’t people you would talk to in “real life,” she says, you probably are wasting time.
- Change your online status settings. Go into the ‘Privacy’ section of your profile and click on the ‘edit settings’ link. Now click on the drop-down option next to your online status and change it to ‘No one.’ This will make sure that people cannot tell when your status changes.
- Get the “Fizzboost” application, or something similar. Fizzboost will notify you of new messages, friend requests, Wall comments and various other facebook features without you having to have the webpage openly displayed on your monitor.
- Use your extra sensory powers! Listen for doors being opened or the floor creaking as someone may be walking near you that you don’t want to see you.
- Remain anonymous if needed. If you are trying to access Facebook at work, you don’t want your boss getting mad at you! Or, if you are accessing Facebook at school, you don’t want teachers getting mad at you! You may wish to use proxy server, that allows you to search anonymously. You may even be able to over-ride filters.
- You can read up more on proxy servers on Wikipedia’s entry on proxy servers.
- If you have been warned by your boss or a teacher not to use Facebook, you may wish to take their advice! Do you really need to access Facebook right now, or can you make it through the day until you get home or some place that you can access Facebook. This how-to does not guarantee that you will have success!
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