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Social Media Stuff Ups – How to Avoid Them

With the take-off of social media some issues have begun to arise. No, not just the choice between filters for images you post or how many check ins is too much, but more serious dilemmas such as bullying, harassment and getting trouble in the workplace. In order to protect yourself, here are some things you should keep in mind.

Don’t stretch the truth

The thing to realise about social media is once it’s up there, it always has a way to come back and bite you. So it’s wise to remain mindful of what you post. One of the most common ways to shoot yourself in the foot is posting or being tagged in happy snaps when you’ve called in sick at work.

Be careful of the information you share

This is especially important for government employees or industries that rely on suspense or secrecy, such as the film industry and tech related jobs. Chances are you have probably signed non-disclosure agreements (even if you didn’t properly read your contract, it counts). Gossip can be dangerous, especially when it comes to leaking work information – it’s best to avoid it.

Venting about work

We’ll all had those bad days where we can’t stand the thought of working for one more minute. While it’s only natural for us to complain a little on occasion, it’s best to keep it away from a public forum. Little vents with friends is fine, but posting on social media can give a negative perspective of you as an employee and can lead to your dismissal.

Fighting with or bulling people

While you may engage in social media outside of work hours, employers do expect their employees to act as a representative of their company and uphold their reputation. Even when on your personal account, it’s best to uphold some restraint and avoid those you know you are likely to feud with online.

Sharing content that is private or distasteful

It’s always best to just use a little common sense and avoid posting anything you are unsure of. Humour is great, but keep in mind what one can find funny someone else can find offensive or degrading. Have a think about images, hashtags and posts you’re sharing and how they could be taken by others. Another thing you may want to avoid is using current global movements and tragedies as a means of getting ahead.

Some topics should be off limits

Discussing those tough topics like politics and religion is always going to change people’s opinions of you, whether that is for better or for worse. While you have the right to say and share what you like, keeping some things to more intimate groups is probably best. After all, most of us have “friends” and acquaintances on Facebook and other platforms we never socialise with in the real world. You never know who sees what you post, share and like.

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