HR experts say that as far as possible, comments should be restricted to work — and to some extent — to professional attire that one wears to meetings. But with the personal and the professional crossing paths, thanks to proliferation of social media, the thin line between personal and professional identities have become blurred. It is, therefore, natural that colleagues comment on images, messages, videos or blogs that one may post online.

Complimenting a co-worker totally depends on the personal equation one shares with the recipient. To be on the safe side, it is recommended that such remarks be passed only while having a one-on-one conversation. Also, if an employee is comfortable with a colleague and both share a rapport or if the organisation culture is informal, such comments should not be taken otherwise, says Soma Pandey, director - HR, Randstad India, a recruitment firm. 

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