There are approximately 80 million millennials in America alone, and over half of them are already working full-time jobs. It’s no secret that the opinions between Generation Y and X frequently conflict regarding work ethic, appearance, and even social media.
Many research findings have shown that social media has become so important that the majority of millennial employees would take being able to access it while at work. Even if it means turning down a higher paying job.
The most controversial element of allowing social media at work is if it’s acceptable to friend or follow colleagues, managers, and even higher up bosses on the platform. It seems there are pros and cons to each, and opinions are running right down the middle.
Surveys that have been done show that over 60% of Facebook users believe it’s not acceptable to send your boss or co-workers a friend request, while the remaining percentage don’t see anything wrong with it.
Just because social media has become so crucial in the age of technology, it’s a constant topic, and research and polls are consistently running to ensure the social aspect of it keeps up with user’s standards. In those polls, it’s also suggested that work associates such as Human Resources representatives, product and project managers, previous employers and colleagues, and any “frenemies” should also be clear from your social media account.
It’s tempting to friend your boss on Facebook or Twitter, especially if it’s one that you get along with. You might want to get a glimpse of who they are outside of the office, but it’s a risky move to make. While plenty of bosses are friendly and there to talk to you if you need them, there is always a line of professionalism that’s there. Even if you see them having a glass of wine at the company Christmas party. You could very well end up feeling embarrassed and awkward if your boss denies your friend request or doesn’t follow back.
The advice for working millennials who like to incorporate social media into their business and personal lives, is don’t mix your accounts with your professional life. Keep them separate, and it’s something you’re going to end up being grateful for when you realize that your colleague got a written warning, or possibly let-go because of something they posted on their social media account.
Keep in mind that when a company hires you, you are a representative of that company as well. The last thing your boss wants to see is a status update of how hard you partied, making it so you couldn’t go to work the next day.