Avoid posting anything on social media can be found out if you lie to your boss
A recent magazine piece focused on a burgeoning, millennial start-up company and their admirably positive approach to openness and honestly in their workplace. It sounded like a really great place to be employed. There were hover boards allowed in the canteen area, work hours were totally flexible, you had the ability to speak your mind without any repercussions from management, and there was an open-plan working environment — and those were only some of the amazing job perks this enlightened company offered.
However, the company owners were also quick to make the point of how interesting it was that the company’s openness also extends to social media. The boss cited that their employees are so in tune with social media like Twitter and Facebook that they don’t always realize just how “out there” it can put you. The focus was on an employee who told the management that his grandmother had died, and the employee therefore needed to take a few days off to attend the funeral and comfort his own parents. The employer generously told him to take as much time as he needed. The gullible employee then stupidly posted on their social media that they were totally stressed out at work, and so lied to the company about needing time off.
Guess what? If you tell your employer that you need sick time, and then tweet that you actually lied to your boss, you might as well take that time off work to look for a new job… because you’re probably going to be fired. And if you are actually totally stressed out at work, then maybe your employer will recognise this and give you some time off anyway. Or maybe even lessen your workload.
It’s also worth remembering that great quote from fabled American author Mark Twain: “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”