Social Media and your Job

I learned a very valuable lesson that I’m going to share.  It’s about workplaces, freedom of speech, and social media.

The lesson is this: when it comes to work, you don’t have freedom of speech.

But isn’t that a constitutional right? 

Yes, yes it is.  But that doesn’t seem to matter to employers much when they fire your ass for saying something stupid on facebook or twitter.

There are some laws in place that prohibit employers from firing you over stuff you said, but that’s all conditional.  You have to have been talking negatively about work in an attempt to improve conditions in order for the laws to protect you.

Talking about how much you hate your job isn’t covered, sorry.

I also learned (the hard way) that bosses read into your statuses.  I posted a generic statement (that I won’t be repeating here) that didn’t contain the business name in any way, shape, or form.  It was a true statement, applicable to all places of business, that (I thought) reflected poorly on consumers everywhere and not specific to the business I work for.

I was very nearly fired for it.

Moral of the story: don’t post about work on social media at all.  And, as an added precaution, maybe you should set your stuff to “private” and then also not befriend your boss.  Just in case.

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