You’ve had that ‘oh no’ scenario? Here we look at ways of avoiding trouble in social media land - the art of behaving superbly on social media to so NOT get reprimanded or fired at work.
With social media being more and more commonplace these days and people being willing to share every. single. thing. about their lives (especially, when it comes to what they’re eating), it’s also becoming increasingly common for people to lose their jobs over something they’ve posted.
We here at MHAW only want you to succeed and be happy, so to help out, we’ve put together a few pointers on how NOT to behave on social media, to avoid getting into trouble with your boss.
DON’T BE RACIST
Now this is just common sense and applies to all walks of life - and other prejudices as well. Don’t post anything that can be seen to be ridiculing, belittling or attacking another group of people. Your employer does not want to be associated to any of that through you, your posts, your shares or your friends you associate with on social media.
DON’T CALL IN SICK AND GO PARTYING
And then post pictures of you - partying. Social media is just that, social. And getting caught won’t reflect well on you in the eyes of your boss.
DON’T POST YOU DOING SILLY STUFF AT THE OFFICE.
Pranks and tom foolery can be cool at the right time and in the right place, but not as evidence of you not working like you’re supposed to.
Don’t claim pictures or texts that aren’t actually yours. It doesn’t bode well about your ethics and moral compass. Always reference the source. Fangirling or bromancing others’ content, however, is OK as long as you give a shout out or tag them.
DON’T BAD MOUTH YOUR EMPLOYER, BOSS OR COLLEAGUES.
Just assume it will be shown to your boss someday by someone. It just will.
DON’T RANT OVER YOUR CLIENTS
Unless the rant is unequivocally, glowingly positive. This is another one, that’s just plain good manners. As my mother used to say “if you haven’t anything nice to say …”
DON’T POST TOO MUCH
During working hours, we mean. If you’re meant to be working, it’s not a great reflection on your work ethic to keep posting every five minutes.
EVERYTHING IS NOT LIVE-OR-DIE-SERIOUS. BUT WE URGE YOU TO THINK TWICE ABOUT: SETTING YOUR FACEBOOK PROFILE PUBLIC.
It just makes the odds of your posts ending up in plain sight for anyone to see - including the people, you’d rather not know your business.
LIKING ORGANISATIONS OR GROUPS THAT CONFLICT WITH YOUR EMPLOYER’S VALUES
Depending on the gravity of the conflict, this one could even get you fired.
POSTING PHOTOS WITH ALCOHOL.
In some professions, party photos can be frowned upon. Just be mindful of your situation.
USING TEXTING LANGUAGE
You went to school? You do know there is spell check? Most future employers are usually meticulous of spelling and grammar.
Not everyone knows about setting Tag Approve on your Facebook profile. You just may get someone else in trouble by tagging them and they appear on the newsfeed without their permission.
It’s not rocket science, just a bit of common sense and basic manners. Just remember, a little discretion goes a long way.
Did you find anything new here, you hadn’t already thought about? Download MWAH’s social media manners checklist.
By Sally Cooper, Community and Connections Manager MWAH - Making Work Absolutely Human.
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