How Not To Get “Facebook Fired”

FacebookFiredFacebook comments that are disrespectful to the workplace or show aggression toward supervisors are getting people fired. Here are three cases where employees lost their jobs because of what they posted on Facebook.

Kimberley Swann was fired after three weeks as an admin assistant for writing on Facebook about how bored she was with her job. Her status updates included: ‘first day at work. omg!! So dull!!’

Two employees were fired from a British Columbia car dealership as a direct result of derogatory comments they posted on Facebook. Following the BC Labour Relations Board hearing, lawyer Don Richards was quoted in the Vancouver Province:

In the past if you cussed out the bosses on the shop floor it was worse because it undermines the bosses’ authority. But in this case it was the cyberspace equivalent of cussing out the boss, not only in front of other employees, but a couple hundred members of the public as well.

A Canada Post worker with 31 years of service was fired for posting nasty status updates about her supervisor on Facebook.

How Not To Get Fired Over Facebook Status Updates

Ask yourself this question before you post your comment. Could your words cause someone to have less respect for your workplace, its clients, or anyone who works there? If the answer is yes, choose the delete key instead.

  • Don’t post derogatory comments about your employer or clients – or anyone at all, for that matter. Making fun of others or pointing out their faults solves nothing and brings others down.
  • Don’t rely on privacy settings to protect you if you’re making slanderous or damaging comments. Anyone who can see your posts can share them.
  • Be careful about thinking that what you do after hours has no effect on your job. Slander and libel aren’t limited to business hours.

What About Job Candidates?

So far, we’ve only talked about people who are currently employed. What if you’re on the job market? Do the same rules apply? They sure do. To explain what recruiters and hiring managers are looking at, I’ve linked to an infographic from Reed Global. I’ll post links to additional resources for job hunters at the bottom of this article.

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4 Replies to “How Not To Get “Facebook Fired””

  1. Keep these articles coming! When my older kids were first looking for jobs I made them clean up their Facebook page and was surprised that they hadn’t even thought of that. Another good tip is to educate Linked In users that it is a business site!!


    1. Hi Joan,

      You did your kids a big favour. Thanks for adding the tip about LinkedIn – you’re absolutely right. Using photos that are better suited to Facebook doesn’t help anyone gain credibility. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.


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