Social media is the biggest online information sharing service today. People of all ages are signing onto to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Myspace to share pictures, updates, and news about their life, special events, opinions, and pictures with friends, family and coworkers.
While there are endless benefits to having a social page, there can also be significant drawbacks. Online social pages have cost people jobs, educational opportunities, and even future careers. You have probably heard at least one story where someone was fired or lost a job opportunity for posting something that their present or future employer saw.
Many potential employers are now using online social sources to get an idea of who the potential candidate before offering them a job. Rather than ask for references, managers can get an idea if the applicant is a good fit for their company by reviewing their online activity. While employers have allowable and not allowable boundaries they must abide by when checking on employees, social pages still have a significant impact on hiring and retaining staff.
Some content you should never share online includes:
1. Negative Work Comments
We have all had bad days at work. Maybe you had a disagreement, do not like a particular task or customer, do not get along with a coworkers, or dislike an outfit or comment someone said. Negative comments about your company, boss, coworkers, or customers is a sure-fire way to get reprimanded, fired, or turned away from a potential job opportunity. Criticizing any aspect of your job or the company publicly does not bode well with managers.
2. Derogatory or Inappropriate Comments
Racist, sexually inappropriate and other derogatory comments about a person or group are completely unacceptable in any form and not tolerated by employers. Posting these comments will not only result in job loss, but they can also result in legal action and severe public backlash.
Bullying someone on and offline is completely intolerable behaviour. Like inappropriate commenting, employers have zero tolerance for these behaviours and comments. Bullying someone can cost you personally and professionally.
4. Lifestyle Pictures
Posting drunken or racy pictures of you and your friends out for the weekend or having fun while on vacation can cost you a job down the road. The images you share of your life and your experiences of special moments might seem like harmless sharing with loved ones, but they can be seen very differently by future employers who are looking to see what kind of person will represent their firm.
5. Out When You Should Not Be
The quickest way to get caught skipping work is by posting pictures of your activities while you are supposed to be home sick. People have been fired from jobs for posting status updates of themselves out having fun while they are supposed to be ill. Bosses will eventually find out if you or someone else puts a status of you not being sick online.
6. Posting While at Work
Sharing information, posting status updates, or taking pictures while you are supposed to be doing your job is a big no-no. Anything you post while working not only wastes company time, but it can reflect negatively for the company.
Social media is a great way to connect with others, but the wrong status updates or shared images can cost you a job if you are not careful and responsible with what you share.
Employees need to be conscious of what they share on the internet, because once the content is out there, you no longer have control of it. Even posting something during your youthful days can have a negative impact on your career years later. If you are uncertain about the legal ramifications behind your constructive dismissal, contact an employment lawyer and learn more about how to protect yourself.