Colleagues and LinkedIn

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  1. Jhingha macrumors regular

    Jhingha

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    Hi,

    Since last April we've moved from location A to our newer and bigger location B.
    Something we are all proud on and happy with.

    Now as our company has a strong grow the last months we want to be as strong as possible on the online and offline channels aswell

    One of these online channels is LinkedIn. When I asked one of my colleagues to update his information on his LinkedIn he gave me a rude answer:

    "LinkedIn is mine, it's private and I decide what to do with it."

    Somewhere he is right, but if he also states he is working at my company I expect him to provide the right location and such.

    What are your opinions on this?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    He's right, though his response was rude. His profile is his, he has a right to maintain it any way he sees fit.

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    I wonder if he got upset about a perceived boundary crossing by you. His social sites can be considered personal and your entrenchment into his, may have rubbed him the wrong way.
     
  3. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    What is your relationship with him? Are you his line manager, or immediate superior? Is he obliged to report to you?

    In any case, my view is that his LinkedIn account or identity is his responsibility, not yours, and that you do not have a say in what he chooses to say when describing his occupation as long as it is accurate. As I see it, he is under no obligation to use his personal account to promote your company, or to provide specific professional details online.
     
  4. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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  5. Jhingha thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your replies!

    Yes I agree, though, as a member of a team, somewhere you should think about the company more than about your own things?

    As you put up information for public on the internet, especially if you are linking your LinkedIn profile with the company profile. I believe everyone within the company and whoever has the right to look at your profile.

    Agreed. Though providing wrong information about the company is bad for the company right? My request was simply to update his old information.
    Yes he is.

    The main thing here is what I'm not sure about.

    Where do you cross the line.
    if an employee is providing wrong/bad information about the company he works.
    Can this be seen as hurtful for the company too?
     
  6. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    My employer (the company) has a Linkedin page as well. My profile says I work there. If they update their information, it shows up on my profile. I'm not sure what's so difficult about that - I must be missing something. :confused:
     
  7. Jhingha thread starter macrumors regular

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    On the employee page you can add additional information about yourself.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Only for company sponsored activities and services. LinkedIn is a social site that it sounds like he has his own account. I see no reason why he needs to put the needs of the team or the company ahead of his own when its related to his personal life.

    That is he gives you what you expect him during his work hours, and his personal life is basically off limits to the employer
     
  9. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    I understand that. But if he lists himself as employed at "XYZ Company," it links to the company's page. You can make that say whatever you like.

    You made it sound like he's listing incorrect information about the company. If he simply links to the company, and you have the correct information there, then the problem seems to be solved.
     
  10. D.T. macrumors 604

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    Yeah, but I can’t imagine anyone using LinkedIn, not viewing the company profile for information specific to the company (location, services, etc.). With so many people working from home or remote locations, I don’t believe anyone takes the personal profile location as the business location[?]

    Seems like a non-issue/un-problem. :)
     
  11. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    What is the "main thing?" You cross the line when you start dictating what an employee does with their personal page.
     
  12. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Exactly. It is a question of boundaries, (and respecting personal and private boundaries) and one's personal LI account belongs to the person, not to the company.
     
  13. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Seems to me it's the way the employee was asked. I'm a Marketing Manager and we just moved. I sent out an email to all employees explaining how accurate information on social media can help with our SEO and other initiatives. Asked them to update their profiles where applicable and to tweet/FB post/etc. about our move. Of course I also told them it was completely voluntary.
     
  14. Jhingha thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone.

    In the end I agree with you all. Maybe the way he replied was just wrong.
    LinkedIn is not affiliated with my company and therefore any information can't be forced in any way.

    Good point. I'll try to use this the next time I'll bring this up or something major changes.

    Thanks again.
     

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