The use of social media by employees has grown increasingly widespread, with many facing disciplinary action, if not termination, as a result of their posts. Every week, it seems as though there is a new story about someone who has been fired because of something that they have said on the internet.
Posting, tweeting, or blogging racist, sexist, inconsiderate, or bigoted remarks online may have a severe negative impact on your employment — even if you are doing so on your own time and using a personal account — and can result in termination. Keep reading to learn more. If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated, contact PLBSH at (800) 435-7542 for help.
Don’t divulge confidential information to others
Even the most innocuous statements regarding your employment might be regarded as divulging sensitive information in some cases. If you aren’t careful, you may unintentionally divulge information that your supervisor would have preferred to remain confidential.
For example, if you show joy about a deal coming through or regret that a contract has fallen through, you may be disclosing information that your company would like to remain confidential. While it may be tempting to share fascinating or humorous snippets about your day at work, consider twice before posting to ensure that you aren’t disclosing anything that should be kept strictly secret.
Refrain from posting offensive comments
In the event that you publish or tweet something that may be perceived as racist, sexist, prejudiced, or otherwise objectionable, your employment could be jeopardized. While this may appear to be unjust, the fact is that online remarks made by an employee can have a negative impact on the company’s reputation.
An employee’s internet presence that raises concerns about their capacity to treat coworkers, customers, or clients properly may also lead to their dismissal by their employer. Before making a remark, posting, tweeting, or blogging, take a moment to consider the potential consequences of your comments on your job situation. If they have the potential to be hurtful or discriminatory, they should not be posted.
Consider your options before complaining about your job
The need to rant about your job is understandable – most individuals encounter irritation at their jobs, and social media may be a convenient method to let off steam. However, venting your dissatisfaction with your employer online might have significant ramifications.
When at work, stay away from social media platforms
If you are on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter while you should be working, you might find yourself in trouble. A brief check-in is usually tolerated by most companies; but, if you are spending a significant amount of time on social media rather than working, you may face repercussions from your employer.
If you have been penalized or dismissed as a result of your social media activity, you will want the assistance of an expert employment law attorney. Contact PLBSH now at (800) 435-7542 for a consultation.