How to encourage employees to interact on social media

By Marjorie Comer

Social media is a growing platform with many different channels for a company to engage over, from professional channels like LinkedIn to the more informal options like Pinterest and Snapchat. When companies maintain presences on these various social channels, employees often want to connect with them. However, some employees may not know the best way to go about connecting their work lives with their social lives. Here are a few tips to share with your employees to help them connect with your company’s social media profiles.

Liking and following

Encourage your employees to like and follow your company’s social media profiles. By having employees engage in social media, you will grow your fan base more quickly. Not only that, but it can also build a sense of pride and unity in the company among employees.

To like and follow a page, while you are signed in, run a search for the company’s name and click on the one you’re looking for. Once you find the correct page, click the Like and Follow buttons, as appropriate. You will now receive updates from the company.

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Commenting

It might seem like common sense, but we’ll say it anyway: Don’t start drama, and don’t play into it when someone else tries to. Employees who aren’t authorized by the company shouldn’t engage with people who post negative feedback and make unfavorable comments on the company’s social media sites. Your mom’s advice is still golden here: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Let the social media team handle these comments because they have specific methods to best manage them.

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It’s not easy to understand tone through written communications – especially through socia  media. Leave it to the dedicated team members who are trained to handle the social media accounts. Create a social media management guideline document for all employees that sets and details standards for behavior and expectations for employees both on and off the clock. Included in this document should be items like employee checkins at your business location and what items to share. 

 

Share

When the company you work for posts something that you really like or it receives media coverage or an award, by all means, share with your friends and followers, as well. You can also tag your company in the post that you share, which may help the company increase its followers.

On Facebook and LinkedIn, there are specific buttons you can press to share a post on your own wall. It will give you the option to add your own message to the shared post; you could say something like: “Great media coverage about ________, the company I’m pleased to work for.” Make sure you tag the company so your followers know where it’s coming from. On Twitter, you can retweet the company’s post. Remember that on this platform, it’s a good idea to put something before the company’s handle so that more people see the post. If you lead directly with the handle or @mention then Twitter believes you are replying to something and only the people involved in the post and those who follow both accounts will see it. Most commonly, people will add a period or a few words to the beginning of the post to make it so everyone can see it.

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You can also share your positive work experiences. Remember not to post any negative experiences with the company, customers, other employees or your supervisor on social media. It’s never a good idea to drag your dirty laundry through public forums and it could backfire on you now and in the future; anyone can trace disparaging comments back to you. Some companies have fired employees over their remarks on social media platforms, so always err on the side of caution.

 

Connecting

You can also connect with many of your company’s social media channels through your own profiles. For example, with LinkedIn you can link to your company to say that that’s where you work; the same goes for Facebook. On Twitter, you would add the company’s Twitter handle to your bio. Remember that connecting yourself to your company means that others can find you through the company’s social media page, so never post negative comments about your company, its supervisors, employees, customers, products or policies on your personal accounts.

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Marjorie Comer is an award-winning PR professional  at Axia Public Relations. She graduated from Rockhurst University with a Bachelor of Arts in communication. Marjorie cheers for her hometown Kansas City Royals. Follow her on Twitter @Marjorie_Comer.

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