Do you get excited when a new friend request pops up on Facebook? Love to share “what’s on your mind” and pictures from last weekend? What if I told you that the request is from a co-worker or colleague? Or worse, your MANAGER!! The company’s CEO??? HECK NO!
That’s the reaction most people have when it comes to adding co-workers to Facebook, but is that also the case when working for a company with an open social media policy? That’s a question I asked myself since I started working here. It’s also a trending topic in the business world, so we decided to address it internally. Being a new employee at BlueGrace Logistics made me wonder just how much the open social media policy affected the “at work friend request,” so I went on a mission to find out how BlueGrace employees feel about adding people in the workplace to Facebook.
I spoke to several people throughout the office, and shockingly most of them are completely comfortable and OK adding co-workers to Facebook.
“Facebook is a really personal thing, a lot of people use it to put their personal selves out there and actually show who they are,” says National Sales Representative, Cory Comly, “If you hide that from the people at work, then you’re not letting them actually get to know you. Letting your boss know who you are outside of the cubicle is a way to let him/her connect with you, find out what you like and see what kind of things you have in common. Social media is a good way to build relationships,” says Cory Comly, National Sales Representative.
A couple of people, however, are not excited about exposing their personal lives to others in the company. “Have you ever heard the expression ‘people be creeping’?” says NSR, Danielle Hunter. She’s referring to those who look through their Facebook friend’s pictures and statuses (also known as every Facebook user out there.)
“It’s a real thing, and I would rather not be a part of it,” says Hunter.
Hunter does have a point, adding co-workers to Facebook is basically the same as letting them in to your life, letting them know who you really are, and if you’re adding them to social media you have to be completely ok with that. But, you work at BlueGrace where culture and a family atmosphere are a top priority, so why hide it?
“We spend most time at work anyways,” says Senior Sales Manager, Dustin Snipes “we might as well get to know each other.”
After hearing the different opinions on this, I decided that if I’m planning on being with this company for the long haul, I might as well really let everyone into my life.
“When you actually start to show people at work who you are outside of work, you are able to connect with them a lot easier,” says Comly. “And that’s what I did. I accepted my friend requests and added a few others. Those who I work with and are friends with me on Facebook know not only my professional side, but also who I really am.”
So next time you receive an “in the office friend request” think about all of our core values and decide for yourself.