This is a question I have been thinking about recently. What’s the right balance of personal vs. business related posts? Slightly on a tangent, but what’s the right social etiquette? My colleagues have put together this great white paper an IBM executive brief: Social business behavior. The changing nature of culture, etiquette and personal interaction in the workplace.
Jeanne Murray: IBM Software Group Social Software Adoption, BlueIQ Program. Twitter: @jeanne_murray
Jennifer Okimoto: associate partner—IBM Strategy and Transformation Center of Competence, Social Business Lead. Twitter: @jenokimoto
Jacques Pavlenyi: market segment manager, IBM Collaboration Solutions. Twitter: @mediamutt
John Rooney: program lead, Innovation and Collaboration, IBM CIO Software Integration Team. Twitter: @roonoid
Melissa Sader: IBM Executive & Workforce Communications. Twitter: @meezies
Rawn Shah: social business strategist. Twitter: @rawn
When I started this blog, I thought that it will focus on work related topics. However,
as I continue to blog, I come across topics that inspire me that are not necessarily work related but I would like to share. I have been using the rule …. how would I feel if my kids/family saw this? Would I be proud of what I share?
I think that what we bring to work is much more than just knowledge, but also includes our personality, attitudes, and how we connect to our colleagues and friends. If that gets displayed in the blog and perhaps even helps someone else, I think it’s a good thing. Deep inside, I think we all worry about being judged or maybe not sharing the right way. There is a bit of a risk, to sharing things that are a bit personal, or that might affect how people think of you. I think it’s also how we make others feel when they read the blog. When you share through your blog, is it all work related? Do you make others feel like they connect to you and share similar experiences and interests? How does your audience feel when they finish reading your blog? How do you behave in the office at the coffee machine / water cooler? Do you always only share business related conversations, or do you talk about more personal things as well that could benefit your colleagues? What’s the break down? (80% Business / 20% other?) I would value hearing about your thoughts on this!
So here are three rules I will try to follow when balancing Personal vs. Business Related Posts in this Blog:
1) Be Respectful to others.
2) Share quality content (both business and some personal). Content that you think your family would be proud or interested in seeing.
3) Add Value and be helpful whether it’s on work related topics or things that inspire you or make a difference in your life.
There is much more guidance available through IBM’s Social Computing Guidelines found publicly here -> http://www.ibm.com/blogs/zz/en/guidelines.html
How do you approach this?