Isn’t it annoying when you get into trouble at your workplace for something you posted or shared on social media that was completely unrelated to your work life? In many workplaces, employees are expected to be “professional” on social media as well. And hence, there is a feeling of constantly being scrutinized by your seniors at work, for which one is sometimes unable to have some fun on social media.
People online have been talking of exactly that. Many expressed their displeasure at being compelled to be more professional on social media instead of personal.
You gotta be “professional” at work, on your social media, on linkedin, in the community. Like damn why tf does work play so much importance in our whole lives? When can we have our personality?
— LawToya (@ToyaRochelle) August 27, 2021
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While some downright refused to be professional on social media and advocated for a work-life balance, a few others revealed the many ways they prevent their seniors from stalking their social media.
I refuse to be professional on my Twitter. Refuse. The me you see on Twitter and the me at work… We are different. You have to meet us separately. 😂
— Phonsi – The serial commentator ♏ (@heyphonsi) August 28, 2021
i don’t get why we even have “professional” at all. it’s like telling people they can’t be themselves or that just because you’re at work, you have to revert to a whole different personality and that’s kinda fucked up
— fiona apple bottom jeans (@apocalypse_up) August 27, 2021
You can’t let professional life intervene with your personal life. That’s why you should have professional work social media accounts and (preferably private) personal accounts to separate the two
— DEE-J 🇯🇲🇺🇸 (@RudeBwoyDeej) August 27, 2021
Companies have become so insecure with how they handle themselves that they feel a need to control the people they hire by any means possible, including intimidation with social media representation. whatever happens off the clock has no bearing on our jobs
— Danny Morgan (@arantinglion) August 28, 2021
It’s so weird that we’re supposed to act like we’re at work in our personal lives to keep our jobs
— Chloe x Halle Stan Account (@TruelyQ) August 28, 2021
I have a whole different personality outside of my work and it shocks people. Me at work is different from me outside of work and I balance the two.
— Kim Gud Mikah Haider (@Hakim_GUD) August 28, 2021
From blocking their colleagues to using a completely different username, people had different tactics.
I don’t add anyone from work places and I will block you if I find you. Work and my life are separated. Not the same. So I’m me regardless you just don’t see the extra lit me at work
— RU-fiooo (ROO-fee-ooo) (@tURNURhEAdNCOff) August 28, 2021
Has me feeling like I lead double lives. What we choose to do in our free-time should not dictate how a company views us, especially if our work ethic is stellar.
— Lala (@seranely) August 28, 2021
This is exactly why my Twitter account has a nick name and a username I don’t use on Facebook or Instagram lmaooo if anyone from work digs deep enough to find me here, then… I’m.. Gonna act like I have no idea what they’re talking about…
— 🦋kayla🦋 (@kaylaakattt) August 28, 2021
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