Personal Thoughts and Public Spaces

Posted August 9, 2013
By Clay Cerny

A friend sent me an article from the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM).  It discussed the case of an employee who was fired for what she wrote in a personal blog. A TV reporter mocked her managers and, worst still, viewers.  The article notes that this was not the first time that the employee posted negative comments about her job and pay.

Some might say that this was a personal space, the employee’s blog. That claim might work if she had written her words in a journal that no one else sees or if she used a function similar to the one on Facebook that limits who can view an online post.  A blog is public.  It can be viewed by anyone, including employers.

If your thoughts about your job are disparaging or harmful to the company, it can – in most cases – end your employment.  Use “social” media very carefully.  We’ve all heard stories of people who lost opportunities because of photos or posts on Facebook.  Companies are using social media to evaluate both prospective and current employees.  Practice good career management:  Think before you post.