Standing Up for Cyber Professionalism

Posted by The Editors on January 13, 2012
Standing Up for Cyber Professionalism

Recently, I’ve noticed someone I follow on Twitter testing out what look like jokes for a stand-up comedy routine. This is someone who works for a company I used to freelance for, and I’d previously interacted with her via social media about mutual friends, potential topics for articles, and general work and life updates. Her tweets have strayed from the professional, though; Some of them are downright crude.

Sites like Twitter and LinkedIn are good resources for learning more about people who have the jobs you’d like to have or who are in a position to hire you, but what if you don’t like what your contacts are putting out there? We’ve also talked before about taming your social media presence, but what if you notice a coworker or networking contact who’s not being so careful? Do you tell them, ignore it, or even unfriend or unfollow them?

What if it’s a coworker who’s being so indiscreet it’s reflecting badly on the company you both work for? You should approach them—preferably by email, and without making a big scene, of course—and mention your concerns. If it’s someone at a company you want to work for or someone you’ve worked with in the past, you could approach them by email, too, but think: would I want to work with someone who acts this way? Would I want to work for a company that would allow something like this? Normally I’d say you never want to cut ties, but recently I’ve had my mouse hovering over the “unfollow” button.

Should I pull the trigger? What do you think?

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