Archive for January 22nd, 2011

Can Social Media Rants Become a Workplace Issue?

We’ve all enjoyed ranting on occasion, but how is your career affected when that ranting is posted for all to see?  Well, if you’ve “friended” your boss or failed to protect your online account, workplace rants can spell trouble – even unemployment.

One group is hoping that will change.  Erik Hayden of the Atlantic Wire writes that “In the near future, whining about your boss on Facebook may be a protected activity.  At least if the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) gets their way”.  The NLRB filed a complaint against a company after that company suspended and later fired an employee for ranting about a workplace concern on a social networking site.  Lafe Solomon, the Board’s acting general counsel, believes that the judge may side with the complainant.  Stay tuned to see what the judge presiding over the case has to say when he hears arguments on January 25, 2010.

While we wait to see if your social media posts will become protected under the law, limiting access to your posts by choosing appropriate privacy options could save you a bit of embarassment.  The following tips are Facebook-specific privacy settings:

  • Change your photo and video “tag” features, so that no one will be able to tag you in a photo.  (You don’t want that embarassing weekend photo or video being viewed by everyone at work.)  
  • Choose “Friends Only” for your posts, including pictures.  In this voyeuristic society, we love to snoop on other people by browsing their social media posts and pictures and we often feel as if we owe them the same access to our personal information.  Protect your privacy above all else, because at the end of the day, we don’t owe anyone access to our personal thoughts.
  • Don’t “friend” people from work.  Instead, politely decline their invites and tell them that you wish to keep your work relationships professional.
  • Remove your name from Facebook’s public search option.  Also, check Facebook’s privacy settings to ensure that your profile doesn’t show up during a Google search.  (Note that the Google search will continue to show your name in search results until the search engine captures another snapshot, which could be weeks or months later.)

So before post about your latest workplace frustrations on Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media sites, make sure you’ve taken appropriate action to protect your privacy.  Better yet, write it in the old-fashioned way (paper and pen), read it, and toss it (but not in a trash bin at work).

Let’s chat!  If you have advice or stories to share about embarassing social media faux pas, post them here.

Love to all!

CC

6 Tips for Photo Shoot Success

Guest blogger Heather Steward of Heather Steward Photography captures memories and the essence of the subjects that she photographs by choosing perfect settings for each occasion. 

You can help achieve the perfect look for your photo session by following these 6 tips that Heather recommends. 

1.) If children will be in your photo shoot, make sure they are well-rested and fed before your photo session.  It’s also a great idea to bring toys, food, drinks, etc. to keep the babies happy.  (If your child gets sick before your session, it’s better to call the photographer to reschedule than to tote your sickly baby or child to this kind of activity.)

2.) Have clothes, hairstyles etc. planned before the day.  If you plan to have more than one person in the photographs, coordinate color choices and styles.  Also, select clothing that will complement the intended setting and mood.

3.) Be on time.  Often photographers will book more than one photo shoot per day – only leaving a 15-30 min gap between.  Arriving on time will help to ensure that you don’t lose your time slot.

4.) Wear solid colors, they are the easiest to capture. Black and white looks good with blue jeans.  Also, children look best in vibrant multi-colors.

5.) If you have time, research and know what poses you want or like. Most photographers would be more than happy to accept print-offs so they can try to re-create the photo you bring.

6.) If bringing pets, have an extra person come along to help. Sometimes they can be a handful!

Visit the Heather Steward Photography website  and Facebook page for more information.

5 Quick Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home!

Our homes are the most valuable assets that most of us have, so protecting the value of our abodes is of great importance.

Here are a 5 quick and inexpensive tips to increase the value of your home.

  • Go neutral in your decor – homes that are too owner-specific can turn off potential buyers, friends, and family alike.  Not to mention, you may get bored with a less-than-classic look quicker than you’d like.
  • Landscape – you don’t have to hire an expensive landscaping company.  Simply browse the internet for easy DIY ideas and head to your nearest nursery.  Don’t forget the landscape lighting while you’re there.  Oh, you may want to enlist the help of a friend or two for this job.
  • Paint – if bright or dark colors aren’t your thing, go with something subtle such as various shades of tan.  It will add color as well as hide blemishes that are easier to spot on stark, white walls.
  • Refresh window treatments – get rid of the old, dark, dusty blinds and drapes and opt for a fresher look instead.  Look for a contrast to your current color scheme.  If you’re crafty, even better, so you can make your own window treatments and save some $$$.
  • Replace flooring of poor quality.  DIY’ers can save a bundle by installing their own replacement flooring.  Big box home improvement stores have great selections at great prices.  They also offer DIY classes, so stop by to see what’s in store for you!

Whether you’re planning to sell or stay put, these quick tips will make buyers (and you) do a double-take at how new and refreshing your home is.

Have any home improvement plans in the near future?

Let’s chat here and share ideas about how you plan to improve your home’s value (other than picking it up and moving it to The Hamptons).

Love to all!

CC