Social Media & Your Work

If you use social media and have a job, what you post, share or even like online can have an adverse effect on your employment.  Several issues can lead to disciplinary action — AND no matter how you have set your privacy settings.  So to help keep you out trouble and stay in the good books with the boss, here are some handy hints for you to check out.

  1. Don’t post photos of yourself partying when you have pulled a sickie!

Not a good idea for you to post photos of yourself having a whale of a time out and about when you’re supposed to be sick.  You may be surprised that your boss has found out that you went to the clubs or that concert you were bragging about just days earlier.

  1. Don’t let steam off online!

If you have had a crappy day at work, you might be tempted to post about it on social media.  Your comments on social media can get you in trouble even if the posts are posted on your personal account and are made outside of work hours.  They can damage the employers name and dissolve any trust the employer had in you and more than likely, destroy the work relationship.  And, if you’re negative comments are about a work colleague, your post can be determined as bullying or harassment.  Think of it this way, would you be happy to see your post on the front page of the local newspaper. If not, probably best not to post it.  Also, take into consideration of the legal consequences that could come from it.

  1. Don’t spend extra amounts of time on personal social media in work hours!

After all you ARE there to work.  If you are sitting in front of our laptop, and keep looking at your phone, or your phone continuously beeps, this is inadvertently letting others know you are on social media, while you are meant to be working.  Depending on your job description, (check with HR), as spending too much time looking at your own personal social media accounts, could lead to disciplinary action.  Your boss may feel it is interfering with your work.

  1. Don’t share inappropriate content with your colleagues!

A big no – no, and a topic that most would like to avoid talking about, is sharing pornography and any other inappropriate content with colleagues.  Many will be offended and most likely will lead to disciplinary action and in some cases legal action sort.

  1. Remember you’re being monitored

Many employers may be monitored by their employee’s web traffic when they’re using the employer’s network.  It can tell how long you have ben on the web and what you have been looking up.  If your boss needs to take your PC for what ever reason, they could potentially look at your browser history to see what you did have been looking at and when.  While times are changing, there are still a lot of work places that do not allow the use of social media in work hours.  Again, check with you employer and their expectations.

Social media tips for employees

  • Be aware of your workplace’s social media policy
  • Avoid letting off steam about your workplace & other people you work with
  • Consider what you put on social media may affect your work life reputation and future career opportunities
  • Avoid excessive personal social media use at work, if social media is permitted in the work place.
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