The perils of mixing business and pleasure on social networking sites was highlighted again this week after a woman was apparently sacked because of comments she made about her job on Facebook.
Details of the work-related rant from an office worker known as Lindsay flew around the internet this week, and were even posted on social bookmarking site Digg, although it remains to be seen if the post is genuine or a hoax.
In a status update, Lindsay wrote: "OMG I HATE MY JOB. My boss is a total pervy wanker always making me do shit stuff just to piss me off!!"
However, the woman crucially forgot that she had added her boss as a friend on the site, and when he logged on and saw the four letter tirade, he took decisive action.
"Hi Lindsay, I guess you forgot about adding me on here?" he commented on her profile page. "You also seem to have forgotten that you have 2 weeks left on your 6 month trial period. Don't bother coming in tomorrow. I'll pop your P45 in the post, and you can come in whenever you like to pick up any stuff you've left here."
The incident is one of a growing number of examples of staff failing to understand the potential dangers of social networking sites. In an almost identical incident in February, a 16 year old office worker was sacked after her boss spotted comments she'd made on Facebook criticising her job.
It's widely known that HR teams vet candidates for new roles by surfing the internet for details on them. The message is clear for employees: if you're dissatisfied at work, don't broadcast it to the world via your social network. And if the urge is impossible to resist, revisit your privacy settings and double check who your friends are.
Employers are gradually thawing to the idea of their staff using social networking sites at work, there are even potential productivity gains for some in doing so, depending on the industry they work in. But what these cases show is that employers themselves should perhaps spend a little more time online seeing what their staff are getting up to.
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