Fired Because of Social Media

We hear about it all the time: employees calling in sick and getting caught surfing Facebook. Employees bashing their employers and clients, or declaring their job search via their Twitter account. Workers posting inappropriate pictures and videos to YouTube, reflecting poorly on the company.

Social media faux pas happen every day, but people are starting to take them more seriously — especially employers. So far this year, 21 percent of companies with more than 1,000 workers have disciplined employees for violating social networking policies, compared with 13 percent in 2008, according to a survey by Proofpoint Inc., an e-mail security company. About 9 percent have fired an employee for these violations, more than double the 4 percent two years ago.

Remember back in April 2009 when two Domino’s Pizza employees posted a video on YouTube that showed one employee filming another sticking cheese inside his nose and farting on the food. Well, that’s one way to get fired via social media.

While we hope you would be smarter than that, one can never be too sure. My all time favourite social media related firing involves a juror.

In 2008 in the  U.K., a juror was dismissed when she posted details of the trial on her Facebook page. “I don’t know which way to go, so I’m holding a poll,” she wrote.

I guess the moral of the story is not to post personal/confidential information publicly online.


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