Are You Friends With Your Boss On Facebook?
The sixth instalment of the AVG Digital Diaries series, “Digital Baggage”, has found that nearly one third of working Australian 18-25 year olds are Facebook friends with their boss, and could be putting their careers at risk through careless online updates. In fact, 54% of those surveyed admitted they had never audited their Facebook profile or cleaned up potentially career-damaging content (embarrassing photos showing “overindulgence” of various beverages at a party, for example).
62% of young Australian adults were also found to be connected to their work colleagues via Facebook, but did not restrict the content these co-workers are able to see. Perhaps this group hasn’t seen our video on how to optimise social media security settings?
However, most worryingly, 13% of Australian respondents confessed to posting abusive comments about their boss or company following a bad day at work. We can’t imagine a situation where this would ever be a good idea, and depending on the specific comment and company’s disciplinary policy, it could even lead to dismissal.
Not only can inappropriate or abusive content damage a person’s existing position, it can negatively impact on future career opportunities too. In case you haven’t heard, many employers and recruiters are now introducing a social media check as part of their hiring process.
It is clear that social networking sites like Facebook are blurring the line between our professional and private lives. Fortunately, we’ve put together a handy guide on how to be Facebook friends with your boss AND keep your job. You can find this guide below or by clicking here.
Have you, or someone you know, ever vented about about a bad day at work on Facebook? Were there any repercussions as a result? Let us know by leaving a comment at the end of this post. We’d love to hear about your experiences.