4 Ways Social Media Can Easily Get You Fired
Social media has done some great things to modernize society. Nowadays, it’s easier to keep up with your friends and family, and you can get in contact with plenty of people that you would have otherwise lost to the ages. But there’s a dark side to social media as well. Employers can see your social media if you set it to public, and that means there are plenty of ways that your tweets and posts can get you fired. You should always keep your social media private if you’re worried about the contents threatening your work. Here are some reasons that your public social media presence could be the reason you lose your job!
Posting about illegal actions
Even though it can be difficult to track down exactly what you were doing and get a legal conviction out of it, employers don’t need to have the same basis when it comes to firing you. If they find out you’re engaging in illegal drug use, underage drinking, or other similar activities, they could fire you, even if they don’t have hard evidence against you. Of course, you shouldn’t be doing those illegal things in the first place, but you definitely shouldn’t be posting about it on a public forum!
Making credible threats against anyone, even people outside of work
Sometimes, when people get angry, they make threats that they would never carry out. Often, they go back and apologize for what they said. If you’re actively threatening someone’s life or wellbeing, though, your employer might not just fire you, but also report you to the police! Before you post anything negative toward someone else, think about who might see it. There’s nothing wrong with taking a deep breath, taking a step back, and deciding not to say something. In fact, taking the high road is generally the best option, no matter what kind of issues you’re dealing with. The practice will be good for your job too!
Talking about breaking company policy, or destroying their property
There are plenty of different company policies, and your work probably has a slightly different one than anyone else’s. So it’s extremely important to know those policies and not break them. As always, the most important thing is not to break the policies in the first place, but if you do, posting about it on social media is probably the best way to get yourself fired. Not only that but if they have enough evidence, they might even be able to file a lawsuit against you! Don’t mention any policy violations or property destruction on your public social media, even if it was an accident.
Ending up with significant amounts of collected information on other sites
No matter who you are or what you do to stay private on the internet, public people searches will often be able to dig up some significant dirt on you. By using PeopleFinders, your employee might be able to find you and learn some information about you that you thought you covered up a very long time ago. Not only do they have general people searches, but PeopleFinders also has a background check feature as well as a criminal records check, both of which an employer could check easily and then confront you with if you’ve been hiding information from them. It’s always better to be forthcoming about any criminal history, but if you do something illegal that you hide from the company, it could end up coming up on a people search like PeopleFinders!
The internet is an amazing invention that has changed people’s lives, and most of the time, those changes are for the better. But sometimes, the internet is more harmful than it is helpful. Your job could be in jeopardy if you post about things that are illegal or immoral, and it’s much easier than you might think for your employers to find things that you have potentially been hiding from them.
There are a few steps that you can take to keep yourself safe. First, you shouldn’t do these types of illegal things, and you definitely shouldn’t post about them. You should also be forthcoming; many employers will still hire people with criminal backgrounds, especially if it was a nonviolent offense. Lastly, you should keep an eye on your records on PeopleFinders. If you know what employers will find if they look you up, you won’t be surprised when they do!
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