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Career Talk: Should your employer monitor you on Social Media?

Hi SL Fabz,

It’s a beautiful Monday and I’m sure most of us are already back to work, sitting at our desks and making things happen!

The use of Social Media has grown tremendously over the past few years. This growth continues to rise by the minute.

But also on the rise is the number of companies monitoring their employees’ accounts on social media. Sometimes, it even serves as a determiner in a job selection process as many employers look closely at a job candidate’s online presence before making a decision.

This means that almost every information you share on social media now, except on sites that enable you have a private profile (like Instagram), is available for your employer to see. The question now is, do you want your employer to see everything you’ve posted on social media?

According to a survey by CareerBuiler, 39% of employers dig into candidates on social sites, while 43% said they had found something that made them deep-six a candidate—such as posting inappropriate photos or information, or bad-mouthing a former boss.

Bad-mouthing a former boss! Now, that is something you wont want a prospective employer to see. But since most of our updates on social media are available for anyone in any part of the world to see, you can’t really blame your employer, can you?

So, let’s discuss. Do you think its right for employers to monitor their employees’ social media accounts? As an employer, would you do this? As an employee, would you mind?

Have you ever been in any awkward situation where someone at work saw a post on social media you didn’t want him/her to see?

I’d love to read your thoughts!

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