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Alison Doyle

How to Get Fired

By November 17, 2012

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Hate My JobSometimes it can be easy to get fired.   Yesterday, the cashier ringing up my groceries spent so much time telling me he doesn't make enough money that he almost forgot to ring up all of my order.    If a manager was within earshot he would have been in trouble.

What you say online can get you in trouble, too.  Companies are checking out both candidates for employment and employees on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. What you post online can get you fired, even if it's good company news or not related to your job.

Posting confidential company information, posting that you hate your job, tweeting or posting on Facebook on the company's dime, are just a few examples of what can get you fired.

Many companies have social networking policies that restrict posting online and the enforce them. Simply using your work computer for any personal non-work related reason can be an issue if your employer has restrictions on computer use on the job.

That's why it's important for anyone to act accordingly and set their Facebook privacy settings to ensure only their friends can see their private information. It's also important to be really careful what you tweet and when you tweet it.

For an example of how easy it is to mess up, searching for I hate my job on Twitter will give you a lengthy list of people who don't mind sharing that information. Let's hope the boss isn't reading their tweets.

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November 20, 2012 at 9:19 am
(1) Scott says:

This is such a load of nonsense. Employers have no right to be snooping on your Facebook and other social media accounts when you are not at work. Lock it down or better yet, create a public profile (an online resume if you will) and a real account with an alias or fake name.

Then post all you want. I would also challenge any employer that fired me for social media posts I made when off the clock. That is a 4th amendment violation pure and simple.

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