Today, workplaces have become more tech-savvy than ever before. The rise of social media has led to the creation of a variety of different apps for personal use as well as for professional development.
From organization apps to software for project management, everyone seems to be using a different app these days. While some of these apps may be helpful, others can actually create a lot of unnecessary distractions.
If you work in an office, you most likely already know that your coworkers are constantly logging into their separate accounts. Even if you don’t have coworkers, you most likely know someone who does.
That’s because these accounts are extremely distracting. Even though you are an avid Facebook or Instagram user yourself, you probably don’t need to log into your personal account at work. The following information will teach you how to delete your workplace account completely.
What is a Workplace Account?
A workplace account is your work-based account on a SaaS (Software as a Service) or enterprise software provider’s website. The most common workplace accounts are for Gmail, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and Slack. A workplace account can also be used for email platforms such as Outlook or Apple Mail.
How to Delete Your Workplace Account
In order to delete your workplace account, you first need to login to your company’s account. Once logged in, find the link that says “delete account.” This will display a pop-up with additional instructions on how to completely delete your workplace account. You will need to know your password in order to access this information.
It is important that when you delete your account, you do not forget the password for future reference. If you forget it, there will be no way for you to sign back into your company’s account and retrieve it.
Once you have followed all the steps outlined by the pop-up message, scroll down and click “Delete Account” button. Clicking this button will then erase everything from your company’s social media account including all of the posts, photos, videos and more.
Log into your Workplace Account
Log into your workplace account and find the settings or preferences. There’s a good chance you’ll see a drop-down menu with options such as “Privacy Settings” or “Account Preferences.”
Navigate to the Apps You Use at Work
The first step in deleting your workplace account is by navigating to the app you use at work. It should be relatively easy to find where the app is located on your computer.
Find the App You Want to Deactivate
The first thing you need to do is find the app you want to deactivate. This process is different depending on the type of app it is. For example, if you are trying to delete your Facebook account, simply log into Facebook and select the “Settings” tab in the upper right side of your screen.
From there, scroll down until you see the “Manage Account” heading. There will be a list of apps under this heading that may include your workplace email address. Select whichever app you would like to delete and then click “Deactivate Account” on the bottom left of your screen.
If you are trying to delete your Instagram account, just log into your Instagram account and select “Preferences” from the settings tab in the upper right corner of your screen. Underneath this section, select “Delete My Account” and follow the prompts to confirm your decision.
Deactivate the App
It’s very easy to delete your workplace account. All you need to do is deactivate the app and no one will be able to see your posts. Simply go into settings for the app and click on privacy settings.
Delete the App Account from Your Current Device
Before you can delete your workplace account, you have to delete the app account from your current device. This will ensure that you don’t use it again in the future. If you are on a Mac, go to your Applications folder and find the Work Account app, then drag and drop it into the Trash or simply click on “Delete”.
For Windows users, find the Work Account app in your start menu and click delete. The same goes for mobile devices as well.
What is the Best Way to Delete Your Workplace Account?
There are two ways to delete your workplace account. You can either delete the account on your device or you can go to your settings and remove the account from there. The following are instructions on how to do this on both a laptop and a desktop computer.
On a Laptop:
- Open Settings and select Accounts
- Select “Log out of all sessions” and then log out of the app
- In the General tab, uncheck “Allow apps that use less secure sign in”
On a Desktop Computer:
- Open Settings and select Apps & Features
- Select the app you want to remove, then click Uninstall
- When prompted, select Delete Personal Data (this will make sure your personal data is permanently deleted)
How to Delete Your Workplace Account Completely
To delete your workplace account, you need to know the app. This is usually a simple process, but it will depend on what type of app you use.
If you use an organizational app, such as Slack or Trello, you can go into the options and change your name or email address.
If you use project management software like Basecamp, you can go in and delete your account from there.
With other apps, like Facebook or Instagram, all you have to do is log out of the app and then log back in with a different account.
It’s also important to note that deleting your account will not delete any information from the company. They are still able to access any data that has been saved on their side of things.
Disadvantages of Keeping Workplace Accounts
While some of these apps may be helpful, others can actually create a lot of unnecessary distractions. If you work in an office, you most likely already know that your coworkers are constantly logging into their separate accounts. Even if you don’t have coworkers, you most likely know someone who does.
That’s because these accounts are extremely distracting. Even though you are an avid Facebook or Instagram user yourself, you probably don’t need to log into your personal account at work.
Having your workplace account also comes with other disadvantages:
- It is difficult to stay focused on the task at hand when there is always a notification popping up on one of your screens.
- Your productivity can suffer as well because it takes time to log out and then log back in again after having looked at personal email or social media accounts.
- This can also lead to disputes between employees as they fight for control over the office Wi-Fi connection.
- Finally, it has been shown that Facebook use can negatively affect employee’s emotional wellbeing and job satisfaction.