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Social Media mistakes that may cost you your job

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There is simply no end to social media takeaways. It has been one of the biggest vehicles of learning in recent times and the coming years are not going to be any different either. What is the biggest lesson that we have learnt from social media? “Police your online behavior” has got to be the answer. Online failures can turn out to be a major source of embarrassment and at times, they may even end up costing you your job. Here’s a look at the biggest social media mistakes that can end up putting your job at stake. Read on to discover.

Social Media gaffes that can get you fired

You might not as well be able to imagine this but let us tell you that a costly social media mistake can even put your job at stake. Make sure you are educating yourself about these mistakes and guiding yourself in accordance.

Complaining about your job on social media

You might be stuck with a bad boss, you might as well be frustrated with all the responsibilities thrust on you but you still want to keep this job. If that’s the case then do not commit the mistake of venting out your true feelings on social media. The National Labor Relations Board might as well protect you as far as valid complaints are concerned but general rants are not entertained. On the other hand, if your boss wants h/she can even go to the extent of firing you citing that your actions are seriously affecting the image of his/her company.

Refrain from posting racist or any other form of offensive content

You might as well be too eager to humiliate that “black” girl uploading her snaps on Facebook or for that matter to post a supposedly funny but insensitive update – but don’t be shocked if you have to bid adieu to your job as a result.

It was back in the year 2013 when a PR person Justine Sacco had tweeted something insensitive about AIDS and was later sacked for the same.

Sharing confidential information

Your company might as well be on the verge of a grand collaboration or for that matter on its way to come up with a great technological innovation. You are too excited and end up posting about it on Facebook or Twitter – without even realizing that the company just did not think it to be the right time to divulge details! Snap! Your harmless excitement might just as well hurt your prospects!

Should you use social media at work?

If you are helplessly staring at possible missed deadlines or imminent rebuke from your boss, then it possibly isn’t the right time to advise you to contemplate. However, if you do not contemplate you will not really be able unearth the reason behind your repeated failure to maintain deadlines. You may not realize but it might be your productivity which is to be blamed.

The “connect” between social media and reduced productivity has been established

Talking about workplace productivity, let us tell you that one of the biggest factors affecting the same is the use of social media at work. Yes, social media may have emerged as the biggest branding tool for businesses today. However, its unrestricted usage will only end up harming productivity as per latest studies.

TeamLease has brought out its World of Work Report, as per which around 32% of your time spent on social media during your work hours is actually for personal work rather than for business purposes. This accounts for major loss of official work. What more? Social media activities alone result in the loss 13% of work productivity.

Let us tell you that the extent of harm done by the “thoughtless” use of social media at workplace is presumably unimaginable. The truth is, excessive use of social networking has also led to the loss of confidential information, misinformation, defamation and employee solicitation.

No prizes for guessing, Facebook remains the most accessed social networking channel at workplace. It has been found that around 62% of the employees access social media at workplace and around 83% of them access Facebook – mostly.

What should you do?

So, the next time you go about spending “quality” time chatting away with friends at work, do remember the findings of this particular study. You may love to live in a state of denial – thinking that there’s nothing which is eating away your productivity but do remember what we have pointed out here.

You might as well think that it’s okay to browse Facebook at work after every hour or so for just a “few” minutes. However, let us tell you that these few minutes often escalate to half an hour or more in certain cases. Don’t let your productivity be affected by social networking at work. Start working on your habit of browsing social networking channels at work. Self-restraint is key to workplace success.

It’s just a matter of few days until staying away from these social channels during work hours becomes a habit.

How to avoid bad reviews

Referrals go a long way in shaping your career. Recruiters since time immemorial have attached considerable importance to this factor while getting new recruiters on board. The form of reviews has undergone sea changes with the progress of time. There was a time when employers primarily had to depend on word of mouth or for that matter personal recommendations from a close and trusted circle before getting an employee on board. Today, however, there are so many channels to help them with their cause- LinkedIn, Facebook and Google Plus are a few of the digital channels from where your potential employers can see how your present and ex bosses have reviewed you. LinkedIn is definitely the most used referral channel since it has a dedicated profile summary section where you can request your employers to review your work.

Can anyone in your professional network actually review your services poorly?

When it comes to Facebook and Google you can just request them to share their experience with you in the form of updates. There are a few organizations that might even require you to provide names of a few ex-bosses and colleagues whom they can contact via e-mails or phone to find out about you. This happens after you are successful in acing the board interview. The referrals are a part of the final stage of their decision.

Now, you might not really be able to secure a new job at the first place if you end up garnering bad reviews. What if your boss chooses to absolutely put you down while offering his feedback to your potential recruiters? What if that colleague of yours does a volte-face too?

How should you act?

You would definitely like to provide a well-thought out list of reviewers or referees to your new employer. Do not take a job opportunity for granted – thinking that you can randomly present names because you know that whatever your co-workers say about you the job is yours. We have already conveyed the importance of these reviews above – so act in accordance. Avoid putting forward names of colleagues with whom you had shared an equation ruled by animosity – at least, at some of point of time, if not now.

Tell your colleagues or boss in advance that your potential employees might call them for their feedback. Ask them to be good to you.  Remember these tips without fail. They will definitely facilitate your attempts at avoiding bad reviews.


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