When people started either losing their job or not getting hired because of what they posted on Facebook, the posts that boldly discredited bosses and companies took a nosedive. You would think that everyone has gotten that memo by now; Don’t post your work grievances on Facebook anymore.
Sadly, some folks have either not been informed. or are so arrogant that they think they’re immune. They continue to post unsavory status updates about how lousy their boss is, how crappy the company they work is and how clueless and useless their colleagues are. Some Facebookers are even looney enough to make posts like this Public! I have no idea where they get the nerve!
According to Mashable, a news source that covers all things related to and about social media trends and habits, 8% of US companies have fired employees based on their posts on social media. The Huffington Post, another trustworthy news source, recently wrote about 13 people fired for oversharing on Facebook. Being searched, located and checked out on Facebook and other social venues has become a common Human Resources activity.
If you think no one is looking, then you are very mistaken.
It’s not just the employers looking anymore either. How about all of those unemployed folks desperate for a job? Do you really think you’re so special that someone just as qualified, or overqualified, won’t sell you out so they can apply for your position? The economy is bad people! Being a cutthroat is also becoming commonplace in the workforce these days too.
Even the posts that are innuendos and never really name people or places are bad juju. Anyone that knows you well enough can figure out what you’re trying to say and how do you know one of them won’t sell you out to get their friend a job? You don’t know and that’s the truth of it.
I see it all the time as I scroll through my Newsfeed and have even warned a few friends not to post some of the things they do, but no one seems to take it seriously enough to stop doing it. I guess when they’re standing in line at the Employment Security Commission preparing to sign up for their unemployment, they can always get points for the check-in on Yelp.
Instead of posting your employment woes on Facebook, what can you do to let off steam?
These days no one can afford to lose their job, so why risk it? If you need to get some things off your chest, then see a therapist. If it’s worth posting about on Facebook, then it’s worth talking to a professional source that can give you guidance on spending that energy in a positive way. No one on Facebook is going to help you out. They might chime in and agree with you, but most of them are going to think you’re a loser for posting about it.
Use social media the way it is meant to be used, be social. If you are unhappy with your job, join groups that are all about activities and areas that do interest you and where you think you might be able to network to find a different, or even better job. Do not join groups so you’ll have a new place to complain though. Refer back to the beginning of this post if you need to ask me why. There will be people in the group that will complain, it doesn’t mean you have to. Besides if you pay attention, those complainers might just lead you to your next paying gig. If you get my drift.
If you feel like you are being underpaid, make a plan showing why you think this and be ready to prove your worth to the company and how you can contribute more to the bottom line in the year ahead. Employers will listen and take note and you’ll get brownie points for being proactive. Wouldn’t you rather improve and grow if the opportunity is there, than look for another job? If you can help grow the company your chances broaden.
Companies like employees that show initiative. They aren’t keen on employees that do nothing to help the situation, but feel like it’s okay to complain the whole time.
Imagine if it was your company and you were paying a bunch of grumblers that posted negative comments about you and your company on Facebook. Would you still be happy signing their paycheck every week? I know I wouldn’t be happy about it. I’d fire you in a flat second. I wouldn’t even have to think about it either. I’ve deleted friends off my friend list for less and they don’t work for me.
Complaining about your colleagues on Facebook is about as low as you can get.
Yeah, that’s right. Looooow, low, low. Way down there kissing the cockroaches kneecaps low.
So you’ve got a problem with one of your coworkers? Take it up with the coworker. If that doesn’t get you some relief, then take it up with your manager. Go to your manager with the problem, but have a solution ready too. The person having the problem is always a part of the problem, unless you plan to be part of the solution. Nothing at work is so challenging that it can’t be solved with a little bit of compromise and communication.
If you’ve done all of this and you still have a problem, then take a good long look at yourself. In order for anything to change, you have to be willing to change. When the situation is so unbearable you can not stand to deal with it anymore, that’s when you should start looking for another place to work.
Posting negative comments about work or your colleagues on Facebook is never an option.
Unless you want to get fired.
Until next time, I am Madeline Laughs and I am one of those weirdos that loves my job and the people I work with. Maybe I got lucky, but I think it’s because I found my bliss and I’m good at it.
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