I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 13 nieces and nephews (it's about to be 14 because yet another one is due in October!). 5 great-nephews & 5 great-nieces. And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 9 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens, Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
Some companies have applauded the rise of social media as a way to increase connection among employees, clients, and the world at large, while others have gone so far as to block it to make sure employees stay focused on their “real work.” Most companies, though, fall somewhere in the middle—leaving you to set your own social media boundaries. So, how do you know it’s time to step away from the virtual water cooler? Here are some useful guidelines.
Respect the Rules
Though more and more employers recognize how unrealistic it is to expect workers to completely ignore social media at the office, half of companies surveyed have implemented a formal policy governing its use. Even if you’re lucky enough to be able to tweet, there could very well exist a code of conduct or other guidelines you’re expected to heed before you type. If so, educate yourself and become familiar with the dos and don’ts.
Discretion is Essential
It may be common sense, but it still deserves to be said: Just because you’ve been blessed with social media privileges, doesn’t mean you have free reign to post whatever you want. Remember that social networking is a public activity, and your boss and colleagues (both current and future) and clients could be watching.
Mind Your Productivity
A number of experts assert that brief personal social media “breaks” at the office can help to reduce stress, freshen the mind, and boost morale. So yes, a five-minute foray into Facebook could be just the reset button you need on a rough day. Remember though, that it’s your work reputation on the line. Try to limit non-essential visits to when you’re off the clock, or save them for your lunch break.
Look into the rest of the guidelines here.