Contribution to Xing Klartext: Dangers of mixing work and private life

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Xing Klartext, Xing's discussion format, recently featured my article on mixing work and home life - and has led to 10.000 Responses in just three days.

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Job and private life - is the mix good for us?


This is about the brand-new question: How much mixing of job and private life is good for us? You will find the article here.

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Because: We spend most of our time in the job: from colleagues often become friends, from the office a second living room. But the mixture of professional and private can also contain conflicts.

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In my post, the following points are among others:

  • Flat hierarchies do not mean that boundaries are completely eliminated
  • This can quickly create uncertainties and misunderstandings
  • In the event of termination or promotion, the friendship usually ceases



The contribution has given a lot of support. So the career consultant Sonja Rieder writes:

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I find this topic highly relevant. As a career counselor and psychotherapist, I've been dealing for years with people who build up a kind of "surrogate family" in the company and confuse a good atmosphere with security. When the situation is upset, thawing serious conflicts, changing personnel, the victims are unprotected and have made themselves vulnerable to private information about themselves. My advice is to preserve or build a circle of friends independent of the workplace. This may seem like a matter of course to many, but I know from practice that this is not so obvious for notorious heavy workers and people with a strong sense of loyalty.

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But there are also opposing opinions which say that work and private life can not be separated. Thus writes Mario Celic:

Where people work together, celebrate, live, love, etc., there are always conflicts. Sometimes there are conflicts in very banal areas ... So the profession is not a conflict-free zone, even robots create conflicts! A separation between work and private is not possible, unless you are schizophrenic ...

And Markus Notte-Binder notes:

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Thanks for the thoughts. However, I have some trouble to understand what is really the purpose of this article. There may be misery and conflicts wherever people meet. To find the cause in the form of organization or in the degree of the relationship I find dared. We can choose our environment freely. According to our professional and social skills. I'm glad about that.



My conclusion of the discussion: You can clearly see from the contributions how important and difficult this topic is - especially in times of digital change.

The different points of view have very much to do with the respective experiences of the discussion participants: They give a realistic assessment in some cases, but in part also a very idealized worldview.

What is your opinion on the subject?

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  1. Tom Bu Ehn

    I am thrilled with XING and its plaintext. Thus, contributions are repeatedly deleted, where some employees think that they do not fit the topic. Just on the day when XING criticized the freedom of the press and the curtailment of freedom of expression, several contributions were deleted in clear text. Sometimes you get a message and sometimes you do not. In addition, XING also deletes profile photos, if it believes that these do not belong there. Clearly dictatorial freedom of expression is undermined here. XING is thus above the Basic Law. Since I have been documenting this for half a year, I reserve the right to publish a report on the Internet. My goal will be to inform people. It will be a factual report that is covered in the public network by the freedom of expression and where I do not have to worry that this is influenced by XING or even deleted. In my view, it is not particularly bearable for XING, because annoying users on the net, that can travel with one or the other. On the other hand, XING does not shy away from the possibility of constantly showing me advertisements that I want to extend my premium membership. XING now wants to give me 9 months, according to the principle "we want at least a few toads from you". Twitter will then do the rest if I offer my report there. So, and now I wish you a nice working day at XING.

    • Simone Janson

      Hi Tom,
      wow, thanks for your review. I can not say at this point, what the exact legal situation looks like, but of course one agrees with creating a Xing account their terms and conditions. Otherwise you just have to leave it. But if you have legitimate criticism of Xing, we would like to pick up on the topic.

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