Some companies choose to reject the idea to add social media rules within the employee's policies for legal or private reasons. However, while having a social media profile is almost a necessity for most employees it could be a headache due to the lack of information they receive from their employers.
You're probably thinking about common sense. Not everybody is savvy on social media or have an idea what they are doing. Most people never take time to think before post. Common sense is something most employees don't care about.
Some celebrities and professionals have been affected by sharing innocent comments on social media. Either, they were fired or facing harassment from other users.
If you think that you can say anything derogatory on social media against the company that you're currently working for, because -you think you have freedom of speech- think again, you are in fact wrong! Even if you adjust your settings in your profile from public to private, employers can still view your profile and all comments through your contacts. Scared? I think so!
To avoid a headache, remember the following five recommendations.
DON'T TRUST ON THE PRIVACY ONLINE
Privacy doesn't exist on social media. Since you have an account you need to know that nothing that you share or write is private. Everything can be shared by others before you realized it.
READ TWICE BEFORE TO POST
It is a good idea to read your post several times before to post. Ask yourself this “what will happen if my boss reads this or which would be worse, what would happen if some friend of your friend's list takes a picture through the monitor and send it to the CEO”
SKIP JOKES ABOUT YOUR WORKPLACE
Never publish a joke, meme or negative comment about your coworkers, the company, and its partners on social media. It's a very bad idea! Remember, whatever you say is not going to improve your relationship with your boss or coworkers. Using Social Media to criticize the company or a specific team where you're still working only shows that you are irresponsible and lack of common sense. Instead, discuss the issue internally with your supervisor.
AVOID SENSITIVE COMMENTS
Posting a racist comment or sensitive thoughts that could affect to an entire community is something you must avoid. It's unacceptable for most employers. If you do that, you probably will lose your job and damage your reputation. Never do that.
KEEP A LOW PROFILE
If you are the type of person that loves to share everything about you and your workplace, you must be careful what you post on social media. Although it's your personal account, selecting the company as your workplace makes you related to it. Not matter if you write a disclaimer like “everything I write is on my own” people never read that. On the other hands, if you are private and prefer not to be related to the company where you're working for, don't publish anything about your relationship with them.
- Lotty Vargas