It is becoming common place for companies to gift P45s to employees after activity on personal social media pages. Social is the eyes and ears of many businesses and negative employee remarks are arguably worse than a customers.
To avoid any sticky situations with your employers, here are a few things to steer clear of;
Speak negatively of your manager, colleagues or company
Sounds obvious right? Whatever you do, do not write an update on how much your boss annoys you, how bored you get with a colleagues life stories or how bad it is that no one got a pay rise this year. You may not be connected to your boss or company directly on social, but news travels quickly. Do not forget, people looking through your timeline retrospectively may punish you later on. Best to leave these remarks off social.
Talk about companies policies or confidential information
Remember, posting on a social media site means you are publishing information, regardless of it being on your personal account. Confidentiality agreements are a part of most employment contracts, but regardless whether it’s in yours, keep the policies and procedures to yourself.
Discuss your salary
Personal not only to you, but also to your employers. Discussing your salary offers a shop window into your company and may cause tension between you and your colleagues. It doesn’t reflect well on anyone involved and is not good practice to discuss openly, whether it is on social or not. It’s just straight up silly to discuss your salary.
Comment on how ‘busy’ you are
Want to put you job at risk. Write a status saying ‘Just skyping my best mate Bob whilst pretending to work’. Need we explain why this is stupid?
Be active when you’re ill
Pulling a ‘sickie’ is not exactly a loyal thing to do (probably a sign you should be on the lookout for a new job to be honest), but posting a status whilst you should be in bed isn’t a great look. This point is a bit old school we’ll admit, but better to be safe than sorry. Certainly don’t check in at pub later on that evening, that’ll go down like a led balloon.
Don’t tell Facebook who your employer is
On Facebook and some other social media sites, you can set your job title and who you work for. Not recommended as far as we are concerned. Anything you post from then on could arguably be linked to the company, which is less than ideal.
Have any stories of people being sacked through social? How do your employers look at your social? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
P.s Don’t mention who the company is for obvious reasons.