Everyone has feared it at some point or another in their lives. That sudden icy tone your boss takes that sends chills down your spine. It’s the words no one ever wants to hear…”Step into my office…” doesn’t usually bode well for most employees; and that slow walk down the cubicle aisle has left many wondering…”what now..? Is this it? Pink slip time…” And in today’s economy it’s even scarier to think about the chance of getting fired. But of all the constant things were worry over that might drive us down to the back of the unemployment line, your online life isn’t usually one of them.
But it SHOULD be. I am constantly chuckling to myself as I find more and more stories about people getting fired, dumped, and yes…even EVICTED because of their activities on social media sites. So, for all you social media addicts out there, (you’re in good company, as I am also addicted…) this is a friendly reminder to PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
The 3 Best Ways to Use Social Media to Get Fired:
-Tweet About How Much You Hate Your Job. This is a sure fire way to piss off your higher-ups and make sure you get “let go”. You would be shocked how many people are learning how to use facebook, myspace, and twitter to look up and monitor their employees. So, be smart people. If you put it online, it’s public. Telling the world why you hate your job in 140 characters or less is a recipe for that walk of shame to the bosses office. Although sometimes, this can happen before you even start working. Take for example the Cisco case. Twitter user @theconnor (whose tweets are now private..go figure) said this:
Theconnor: “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.”
Promptly after the tweet heard ‘round the world, Tim Levad of Cisco replied with:
TimLevad: “Who is the hiring manager [?] I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.”
Needless to say, theconnor didn’t get the job with Cisco. Yeeeah.
-Post Videos of You Doing Stupid or Illegal Things At Work: It seems like a no-brainer…practically because it is. This technique is a double whammy for those of you out there aiming to not only get fired, but arrested as well. It seems like a little harmless fun…but when you mix stupidity, a video camera, and your job you get a little something like this:
Gross! But seriously folks, your boss and your local police department (or health inspector for that matter) are not as stupid as you’d like to think. So the chance of them finding your little video stunt is highly likely. The chance of them finding the humor in it is slim to none. So think before your film, and REALLY think before you upload to youtube.
-Call Your Employer Retarded When You Update Your Facebook: When all else fails on your quest to unemployment, there is always the sure-fire obvious approach. Call your boss retarded. Just like Philadelphia Eagles employee Dan Leone did recently.
Leone updated his facebook status to read “Dan is ******* devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver…Dam Eagles are Retarded.”
Epic Fail. The Eagles decided to go ahead and let him go as a result. Maybe not the smartest move, but hey, the internet brings out the “dumb” in all of us. Remember that most people these days are web savvy, so if you decide to play hookie, using facebook to upload pictures of yourself out having fun instead of being at work is a great way to get that pink slip.
Hopefully these little tips can help you seal the deal in losing the job of your dreams. The thing to take away is that social media is a great way to brand yourself and your company, but do so with caution. Always maintain your integrity, or be doomed to the unemployment line.