Whether it’s on or off the clock, being outspoken — to put it mildly — on social media, doesn’t end well often. But, most social media missteps that I read and blog about involve conscious decisions by employee to do dumb stuff on social media.
Did you hear the one about the young doctor whose viral YouTube video got her suspended?
No, it wasn’t anything that she filmed and posted. Rather, Carli Teproff of the Miami Herald reports (here) that a neurology resident was placed on administrative leave after a video that someone took of her cursing at and attacking an Uber driver was posted to YouTube (NSFW) and went viral. Like 6.1 million views as I write this post.
From bad to worse.
- Where the business is concerned, anything an employee says or does on social media, 24/7, can impact their job.
- Unintentional viral social media “stars” can lose their jobs too.
- The internet does not forget — most anything posted on social media can have lasting ramifications, both on one’s career prospects and personal life.
- While we all make really bad mistakes, avoid making your worst ones loudly and publicly, because you never know who’s going to be around to capture it.