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6 Social Media Blunders That Are All Too Common

The surge of social media over the past decade has resulted in users tending to adopt a somewhat lackadaisical approach to these platforms. The fast-paced, click-happy digital environment means that information can virtually be deleted as quickly as it is posted. It no longer harnesses that permanent state found in traditional modes of communication such as print. As such, we no longer exercise the same modes of caution when it comes to revealing private information about ourselves. While at times this can be harmless and amusing, in other instances it may pose the risk of painting yourself in a not-so-positive professional light.

Have you accidentally made a social media slipup that might hinder your career? Take a look at our list of common blunders that may leave you in hot water with the boss.

  1. Lying about those sick days off.

    You’d be surprised how many workers have been caught out by their own incriminating evidence. If you’re taking a day off work, make sure you don’t post anything that might counter the reasons you gave for your absence. For instance, being tagged in a social event is hardly conducive to your professional image.

  2. Complaining about work.

    Yes, we are all privy to having a whinge about work from time-to-time. However, you need to make sure you keep it in trustworthy circles – i.e., not splashed all over a public forum. Refrain from that posting that Facebook outburst and instead, engage in a one-on-one conversation with a close friend or family member.

  3. Arguing with someone online.

    Let’s face it: the internet is full of keyboard-bashing trolls. While it might be tempting to participate in what starts out as a healthy discussion, this can often lead to ugly online slander. This can have a huge impact on your professional edge. Businesses expect employees to hold a sense of decorum, both in and out of work, so it’s best to stay away from any potential traps. Furthermore, what if you accidentally find yourself embroiled in a heavy online debate with a potential customer or client? Once he or she finds out where you work, there’s a high risk that business may be affected.

  4. Giving away privileged information.

    We all get carried away with leaked info or exciting company gossip, but it’s vital that you don’t go spilling it to the world. Even if something seems harmless enough to post on Facebook, always think twice.

  5. Sharing distasteful content.

    All it takes is a bit of common sense, but sometimes social-savvy users forget that their tastes in humour might not exactly align with everybody else’s. Although you consider your personal account to be just that – personal – your company still views it as a reflection of your sense of character. It only takes one post to offend, humiliate or degrade, so be wary.

  6. Discussing controversial topics.

    We all know that religion and politics are the two subjects that should most be avoided at dinner parties; therefore, the same logic should only be applied to a platform that interacts with millions of people at any given time. After all, once you send something spinning off into the digital sphere, you never know where it might end up. It’s always wise to steer clear of topics that are highly emotive or controversial within the social media world, lest you end up on the wrong side of your boss.

 

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