Professional vs. Personal

30 Mar
So, this post has two parts to it really. One, I’m curious about the professional/personal balances in other workplaces, and two, I’m curious where you draw the line when blogging!

For starters, last night I attended a Stag and Doe for a colleague who has recently moved on to another department in the University. In the six months we worked together, I felt like we became quite close. That said though, he was always very professional and diplomatic about his personal life. Which of course is his choice, and in reality, our relationship had an excellent balance of the personal and professional. For me though, sometimes it was difficult. I’m a very friendly person, and I enjoy creating relationships with the people I work with. I like to think I’m professional when I need to be, but I find it actually increases my productivity to be surrounded by people I enjoy spending time with. To support that train of thought, our office has adopted a monthly “Team Social” where one person plans a social outing for everyone in the office. It’s a great way to see colleagues in a different light and is a lot of fun. And last night, I had a blast – watching my Manager laugh it up and shake a leg on the dance floor was highly entertaining. 

So I’m curious what it’s like in other workplaces? Is this something I can hope to see more of as I move further into a public relations career?
The other similar issue I’m curious about is where you draw the line when blogging. Now that I’ve added a number of blogs to my reading list, I see that some others don’t include many personal details. When it comes to your “About” section or even your general posts, how revealing are you? Sometimes I wonder about the details I’ve listed. But at the same time, I don’t feel as though I have anything to hide, and in this digital age, it wouldn’t be hard to find out any of that information (except maybe my Rock Band addiction – which has actually been replaced with a Yoshi addiction…the dog jumps all over me whenever I try to play now!). 
So when does it all become ‘Too Much Information”?

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