Avoid complaining about your company or boss on social media
Unless you’re really lucky and work in a great company with wonderful colleagues, we have all come back home from a long and tiring day’s work feeling really disgruntled and unappreciated at some stage. More likely than not, you’ve probably bitterly complained to your co-workers, friends or family about what a lousy time you’ve been having. If you are seriously annoyed or upset, you might have even told a complete stranger sitting beside you on the subway or train about your truly rotten day. Or your rotten company. Or your awful boss!
If that hasn’t got it off your chest then you might be tempted to vent online. A really bad idea, friends! Most people foolishly believe that just because you have certain security settings on your social media accounts that this means that your employer or colleagues will not be able to actually view what you’ve posted. While in its purest sense this may be so, there are also numerous ways that your damaging post will get out to the rest of the world.
You’ve likely seen people on Facebook or Twitter post relentlessly about how much they despise their jobs and how much they dislike a specific co-worker who they actually name, or give a dumb nickname to, thinking that they are being clever. You might even cringe at the thought of reading those posts knowing that eventually the person will most likely be found out. Because they often are. In some cases, depending on the perceived severity of their post, the poster may even be terminated. Whatever happens, if your Facebook post or Tweet is spotted, there will likely be an uncomfortable workplace in the future. So – this cannot be emphasized enough – be very, very, very careful what you say online. It can be a very fast way to the unemployment line.
So keep your bitching to yourself – or at least keep it offline.