13 Social Media Posts That Could Get You Fired
Check out this article written by Kelly Bryant. The full article can be found at https://www.rd.com/advice/work-career/social-media-posts-get-you-fired/.
The golden rule these days is to think before you tweet. Follow these rules to avoid learning this lesson—and losing your job—the hard way.
1. Keep it Confidential
Blabbing private workplace information to the social media masses is grounds for firing. Before you act as an unofficial spokesperson for your employer on Facebook, step away from the keyboard. “Sharing information that is confidential or proprietary, or reveals upcoming business plans or changes to products, services, or staffing, will pretty much all get you a box to clear out your desk…the list of wrongs is quite long,” says Jenna Wells, a San Francisco-based human resources pro. “It’s about trust. What you become privy to through your position merely by attending a meeting or presentation shouldn’t be shared. When and if the company wants to share it, it will!”
2. There’s no such thing as privacy
In some circles, a healthy social media following can actually help land you a job, but don’t let your online popularity make you feel as though you’re above an employer’s posting protocol. While you may have your account settings on private, posts can still easily travel through options like screen grabs.
At the same time, know your rights. The National Labor Relations Board says an employer’s social media policies “are found to be unlawful when they interfere with the rights of employees under the National Labor Relations Act, such as the right to discuss wages and working conditions with co-workers.” Make sure you know the signs you were fired from your job illegally.
3. Mind your memes
That viral meme may seem hilarious to you, but your co-workers and boss might find it downright offensive. Even if you didn’t originate the content, be careful of what you share. “The short answer is yes, you can get fired for sharing an offensive meme or gif,” says Wells. “Sure, it’s a gray area when it comes to free speech, but it can happen.” Wells explains that what’s most important to consider is the content and the vehicle through which you’re sharing, particularly if you’re using company devices, email, or Internet service when company policy spells out that this is inappropriate.
4. Caught in the act
So you decided to call in sick to take advantage of a perfect day at the beach? No matter how good those waves and sand look, do not post pictures. While the content of your social media happenings may not be offensive, it shows that you have been untruthful in your whereabouts and essentially blew off a day of office productivity at your leisure. Obviously, employers don’t like that. Here are 11 more photos you should never post on social media.