WhatsApp is increasingly being used by professionals, but not everybody is happy about it. Research has shown that around 650m people are using WhatsApp at work, despite the inherent threats of doing so.

The perils of using WhatsApp professionally been well documented, but I thought I'd dig up a few personal stories to get some first hand evidence about what can go wrong.

So then, here are 20 reasons why you might not like using WhatsApp for work...

1. Because you're not on the clock



2. Because it encroaches on your personal life



3. Because you don't need yet another group in your life



4. Because you sent that saucy picture to the wrong group



5. Because it makes you fear the notifications



6. Because your WhatsApp name is 'Hot Mess'



7. Because it's easy to post messages to the wrong group



8. Because noise pollution makes you anxious



9. Because information is hard to find



10. Because you're trying to sleep



11. Because you need some space



12. Because you just got busted



13. Because you took another drunk selfie



14. Because your colleagues are being serious



15. Because you meant to send a private message



16. Because of auto-correct



17. Because your colleagues are scumbags



18. Because that's not your sister



19. Because your boss doesn't understand how to use WhatsApp



20. Because of your display picture



21. Because it makes you stop using WhatsApp altogether



It's probably worth noting at this point that corporate use of WhatsApp is strictly prohibited, as stated in its terms and conditions,: "You will not use (or assist others in using) our Services in ways that: involve any non-personal use of our Services unless otherwise authorized by us."

We believe that professionals need the right kind of dedicated platform for work-related messaging. It's why we've just launched Guild, which is purpose-built for professional messaging.

Stop blurring your personal and professional life! Take back control of your data, and ensure that you don't make any career-damaging group messaging mistakes.

Give Guild a try instead.


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