Expressing Feelings Online

Expressing Feelings Online

Expressing Feelings Online

Younger workers more inclined to express feelings about their company online

Research by business consultants Lee Hecht Harrison | Penna has shown that workers from the millennial generation are increasingly likely to go online to express feelings about their employer.

In this study, millennials are defined as workers aged 18 to 34. LHH Penna surveyed 2,000 people who were in full-time employment, and 41% of respondents aged under 35 said they might use the internet to express negative opinions about a current or former employer. Just 21% of those aged 35 to 54 said they might do this.

Going online to vent your frustration with your employer might not be a good idea. A study by data analysts Gartner revealed that 60% of employers check social media profiles of employees and prospective employees. Most frequently this is done during the recruitment of potential candidates, but there is nothing to stop bosses also searching the social media footprint of current staff.

Therefore, maybe you should think carefully before accepting friend requests and the like from your colleagues, especially those at higher levels in the company. Don’t include your place of work on your profile, and by all means post details of workplace achievements, but leave out any gripes about your employer.

Your contract of employment may include a clause which prevents you from expressing negative feelings about your employer on social media sites, or elsewhere on the internet. Disciplinary action could follow if you are found to have said something inappropriate.

As many as 75% of millennials said they would seek out opinions from current and former employees before accepting a role with a particular company. Again, this is something for which they might use the internet.

Commenting on the survey results, Nick Goldberg, CEOof LHH Penna, chose to concentrate on the negative effect online comments could have on a company’s image, by saying:

“Negative ratings of an employer can seriously impact its ability to encourage the best people to join its ranks and stay there. Organisations need to acknowledge this growing issue and then take the vital steps of engaging and developing their employees to future proof themselves.”

Other findings of the survey include that 41%) workers, across all age groups, would consider leaving their job if they had a poor relationship with their manager, and that 78% would consider going back to a former employer if the job being offered and the salary and benefits package were right.

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