Employer Access To Your Facebook Profile
I continue to hear stories about employers demanding access to employee Facebook profiles -who then have to “suffer” the consequence. More recently I saw this cartoon and thought I would post it on my Facebook page to see what the general thinking was on the topic. By all means, check it out. Generally speaking, the comments are very much aligned to my own.
Your Facebook profile allows you to set your privacy setting, so anything that is not set for public viewing, is NOT for employer consumption and you should NOT be bullied to giving access either. You still have the right to select who you friend on Facebook. Period. If you are asked, politely but firmly decline the request.
Now the question of whether you friend your manager on Facebook on not is a hot topic. Again, I don’t think you should feel you have to. Another respectful decline would be my recommendation. If you find yourself with a number of requests from the professional side of your life, you may want to consider a Facebook page for this purpose. This would be for your professional postings and findings. Your Facebook profile on the other hand is personal and it should be totally up to you who you let in. It is equivalent to who you decide to let into your house. I guess the first question you should really ask yourself is: What is the purpose of your Facebook profile? I do use my profile as an avenue for people to get to know me as a person and so my friend net is quite wide. However I still select and approve who enters my profile whereas my Facebook page is totally for public consumption.
Now having said that, I do want to provide a level of caution because the Facebook house is rented. You do not own it. As a result, there needs to be a level of social responsibility on your part, of what you post on your profile or any social site for that matter. Although you have privacy settings, you really do not have a lot of control what your friends will share and post. Posting on a public social network is really publishing information for mass consumption. You should ask yourself, would you stand by your comments and photos regardless of who the audience is. If the answer is NO then do not post it.
What are your thoughts on the topic? What has been your experience?
Cartoon is published by permission of Cartoonist
- What to Do When A Potential Employer Asks for Your Facebook Password (mashable.com)
- Teacher’s Aide Fired for Refusing to Let Employer Shoulder Surf Her Facebook Page (moneyland.time.com)