Many of you probably already heard of this woman, Jenny, who quit her job in a rather public way – through photographs and a dry erase board. Despite the laughter of the circumstance and afterward finding out it was an elaborate hoax, common individuals ought to take warning of what they do on line.
Type in the query “Facebook firing” at Google. Surprised at the number of individuals terminated because of the activities on a social network website? I sure as Hell was. Lots of ordinary people being canned for that which they believed was personal ranting.
People feel comfortable posting any sort of content, presuming that their message is only adapting to close friends and loved ones. Sadly, those posts are the equal of a sandwich board and megaphone on a street corner. As a company it is important to also monitor what your employees do online.
The line between what is personal and what is public online is getting increasingly blurry. Therefore I’m going to throw out this Real Talk style. Below I’m going to outline exactly what you, as a person and as a company, should do to protect yourself from the digital jungle.Before you do any online activity make sure that your online privacy is not being compromised.
So you have had a difficult day in Crappy Job, Inc and choose to go home and release a little steam on the ole Facebook. Regrettably there might be consequences based on the context and perceived goal of any posting you’re doing. Don’t believe your job is worth tracking? Everyone from business professionals to waitresses have been fired. So what steps will you take to maintain your view as well as occupation?
Set up Privacy Preferences:
This might work out the same as attempting to create a submarine with net wiring; still it is a measure which needs to be completed. Facebook is generally known for its lax behavior in regards to maintaining security standards. Knowing that setting up privacy preferences is the equivalent to locking a door at a glass house, they ought to nevertheless be done since it is going to keep the computer illiterate and lazy from the information. Still, as soon as you realize how public a forum like Facebook is you may, hopefully, be reserved in your posting.
Do not reveal employer information
Creating some distance between you and your companies might be a route you deem suitable. If your job doesn’t require that you have a web presence, not submitting your information gives a nice disconnect between your personal and professional lifestyle. However, employers have still fired employees over content they wrote about on social networking sites without actually naming their company. Social Media is much like the Wild West at this stage. The legislation are grey and a lot of the property is untrue. So I will state, once more, that social media websites are pretty transparent and even if you don’t state specifics about an employer you might still be soliciting a pink slip. This measure is moot when you have setup and maintain a LinkedIn account. See where I’m going with this?
I realize that I’m starting to get a little repetitive. Great. The more conscious you are that many companies are, or will be, monitoring what you do and say about those sites will enable you to effectively judge how you want to be viewed. The best approach is to structure your internet persona in a professional way when making sure to never disclose any information regarding your work. The actions you take on those websites will reveal your current position in your work and in the future with other prospective employers.
Set up a Reputation Tracking Dashboard