But it is apparently a trend. According to many recent published reports, it seems it has become increasingly common for a potential employer to do one of a few things: a) ask for your Facebook or other social media passwords, b) require you to ‘friend’ a member of the HR team or c) open your account while they stand over your shoulder for a look-see.
I don’t find any of these acceptable. I have nothing to hide, but I don’t think an employer needs to know about every picture my child draws for me, every glass of wine I have with a friend, every weekend trip I take, every ANYTHING that I might choose to share with a specific, and select, group of people. Not to mention, MY PASSWORD? So, you can hop in to my account any time you wish? I get chills just thinking about it.
I am PERFECTLY aware (and find it just fine) for you to monitor what I say in a public forum. If you want to make sure I’m not bashing the company and/or behaving like a complete buffoon in a way that would embarrass YOU, my employer, so be it.
But what I do privately is off limits.
So, I have a serious problem – what about the people who NEED to take the jobs and can’t opt out of this absurdity?
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