The HR Digest - - Q & a -

First of all I would like to clar­ify that you aren’t the only one who has this doubt in terms of dis­tin­guish­ing be­tween one’s per­sonal and pri­vate life. It is nec­es­sary to bring this up as there are a num­ber of mis­con­cep­tions sur­round­ing the same. Em­ploy­ers never make it clear as to why do they give im­por­tance to your so­cial me­dia pro­files. But on a log­i­cal front, they are not in­ter­ested in stalk­ing you creep­ily in or­der to know the lat­est on­go­ing buzz in your life. This is your per­sonal space which the com­pany of­fi­cials don’t in­tend to in­trude upon. You may be at the next big party or might have shared an of­fen­sive opin­ion but it doesn’t bother them. All they are con­cerned about is what kind of an em­ployee is go­ing to join their or­ga­ni­za­tion.

We are well aware of the fact that a back­ground check is nec­es­sary while hir­ing some­one. Even when we hire do­mes­tic help for our homes, we run a back­ground check. Then why are we against a back­ground check when it comes to us? Another rea­son why em­ploy­ers ask us for our pass­word is that it is a test to know if you have any­thing to hide or not. Among the in­ter­view panel are ex­perts who can judge you by your re­ac­tions and body lan­guage. A num­ber of times the pass­word is not even used but is a test for you.

Mov­ing on to the part where you feel that you need to be care­ful be­fore post­ing any­thing. Well this comes un­der your per­sonal life. It means that even if your col­league or se­nior is judg­ing you on the ba­sis of you hanging out with the op­po­site sex or the opin­ions you shared, that is on the per­sonal front. He is not ques­tion­ing your

pro­fes­sional ca­pa­bil­i­ties by do­ing so. Judg­ing peo­ple on the ba­sis of the so­cial me­dia ac­counts is a com­mon phe­nom­e­non th­ese days and is not re­lated to your pro­fes­sional ef­fi­ciency. If your col­league lets his per­sonal judg­ment af­fect your pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ship with him, then I ad­vise you to bring it to your man­ager or HR’S no­tice.

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