Hi Jane,

If the em­ployee’s so­cial me­dia pro­file is his per­sonal life, then why do man­agers keep a check on it?

The HR Digest - - Q & a -

Be­ing a mil­len­nial in this highly com­pet­i­tive world, I live with the think­ing that my life re­volves around work and tag my­self as pro­fes­sion­ally am­bi­tious. To quench­mythirst­for­suc­cess,iamvery­par­tic­u­larabout the kind of per­sonal im­age I put for­ward in front of my em­ploy­ers. I firmly be­lieve in the ide­ol­ogy that per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life must not be mixed up. This is why when I work, I don’t like dis­cussing my per­sonal life and once I’m out of the of­fi­cepremises, I for­get all my pro­fes­sional wor­ries. But I have of­ten no­ticed that com­pa­nies don’t fol­low this ide­ol­ogy even though they preach it. This both­ers me.

I fail to un­der­stand that the pri­vacy of an em­ployee is re­spected in all terms but ex­cept for so­cial me­dia ac­counts. I have of­ten come across in­ci­dents wherein re­cruiters stalk my so­cial me­dia pro­files­be­fore they even con­sider hir­ing me. There have also been in­stances when in­ter­view­ers have asked for lo­gin de­tails as well. Even af­ter I pass all th­ese ob­sta­cles and get hired, I still need to be wary about what kind of con­tent I post on my ac­counts in case any of my col­leagues or even man­agers findit un­suit­able. Why would I be judged on the ba­sis of what I do af­ter of­fice hours within the of­fice?

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