Results of a broad survey on work chat groups With the advancement of technology, we are constantly being introduced to new modes of communication, both personal and professional. Most of these are designed to make our lives easier, but what has made itself abundantly clear in my immediate social circles and further afield, is that work chat groups on platforms like WhatsApp and Slack are having a negative effect on our personal lives. While enjoying the good company of friends or family after work or on the weekend, whether we’re playing board games, having dinner at a restaurant or braaiing in the backyard, there seems to be a constant beeping accompanying every conversation – the all too common sounds of message notifications on mobile phones. One by one, members of our party will get up to check their messages or (more often than not) if their phone is on them, they’ll mentally vacate as they stare into their laps, scrolling with tired thumbs. Almost every time this happens they return to the room or present moment a little moodier, noticeably stressed and a bit distracted. Why you ask? An afterhours work message, of course. As an advocate of mental health at work and maintaining a work-life balance, I decided to conduct a survey to feel out the general attitude towards these work chat groups. The survey participants comprised people working at different professional levels in a variety of industries and in a mixture of corporate, casual and agency working environments. Participants were predominantly living and working in South Africa, with a few from the UK and US. I’ve detailed some of the results below and repeated them in the infographic. The results A whopping 91% of people surveyed confirmed they are part of a work chat group. More alarmingly though, 81% of them receive messages after working hours with 35% of them receiving messages after 10pm! You might advise these working professionals to simply just ignore the messages or hide . . .
It’s a well-known fact that employers and recruiters ‘Facebook stalk’ candidates online, but it goes both ways. Before a candidate clicks on the apply button, they Google your company name and even the person collecting the response. This is something you, as an employer, should be aware of. Let’s start with you as the recruiter. What will the candidate see on your social media profiles? Remember that you are a representative of the company. Is your profile filled with spelling or grammar errors? Man alive, did you really post that selfie? Did your friend tag you in an inappropriate photo on a wild night out? Yes, that’s your personal life, but it’s still out there in the public eye. Inappropriate and unprofessional social media profiles could be the reason a candidate decides not to click on the apply button. Let’s take the focus off you and move to the company search. See what customers say about your staff in Google Reviews. If a customer gives a low star-rating to one of your departments it indicates to job seekers that your staff may not be happy, or that they don’t receive sufficient training or even that the company does not invest in them enough. Company reviews from candidates (interviewed, current and past) are available on Jobvine, Careers24, Indeed and Glassdoor to name a view. Are you aware of what is said about the company you try so hard to recruit for? Does your company have a presence on the social platforms your potential candidates are active on? I don’t just mean LinkedIn, but also Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. You can use these channels to show off your employer brand by posting photos and stories of your staff being productive, excelling and being happy in their jobs. Use these platforms to showcase ‘A day in the life of’ videos to encourage interest. Engage with your audience, because they are the candidates you need to win over and who are going to add value to your workplace, especially those who fit in with your . . .