Who doesn’t have a Facebook account these days? It’s almost a must. How else would we socailise with our friends and display who we are and what we think? Just jump on Facebook and connect with your friends, while posting status updates, photos and more.
But wait, there’s a problem. What you’re posting on Facebook could potentially harm your job. The question is, should it?
As reported by Ewin Hanna of The Weekend Australia in 2011, employees of the Commonwealth Bank were advised to immediately notify managers in the occurrence of inappropriate content and information being posted by both employees and non-employees on social media sites. (Hanna 2011) In other words, as an employee of the Commonwealth Bank, your Facebook page, whether private or not, could effect your job position depending on what you post.
This posting of inappropriate content on Facebook, however, is not all that different to talking badly about a workplace in a real life situation, such as a conversation between friends or acquaintances. If you were to negatively represent your workplace or job in front of a group of friends or acquaintances, they could quite easily then go and tell your boss, or even by way or word of mouth. The only difference being that content on Facebook such as a status update or comment is permanent until deleted by the Facebook user who posted it, and even after being it deleted it may still be retrieved.
It doesn’t even have to be Facebook. Anyone with Internet access can voice their opinion online, and as Howard (2008) explains, it doesn’t require any real technical skills to do so – simply access social media and or blog. (Howard 2008)
Facebook, or any other social online platform, is not the place to inappropriately slander or badmouth your workplace, or any other workplace, if you don’t intent to handle the consequences. Certain things should not be said and posted online. So to answer the question, yes, what you post on social media should not be taken lightly, and there should be ramifications for posting inappropriate information.
Hannan, E 2011, ‘Bank’s Facebook Sacking Threat,’ The Australian, 5 February
Howard, R 2008, ‘The Vernacular Web of Participatory Media’, Critical Studies in Media Communication, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 490-513
By Samuel Findlay
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