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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 7, 2009 @ 11:23 am

    How to get yourself sacked in one easy step

    Ciara O'Brien

    1. Update your Facebook/Twitter status 

    Blabbermouth workers are causing palpitations among employers, who would rather we sut up and keep company business off our Facebook/MySpace/Twitter pages. Or so says a survey from security firm Sophos.

    But spare a thought for those whose indescretions and ill-advised Facebook activity has led to them being handed their P45.

    Take the as-yet anonymous Swiss woman who was fired after claiming she was suffering a migraine and too ill to use a computer, but managed to access Facebook. She claims she was updating from her mobile phone, but not surprisingly the company took the attitude that if you are too sick to work, you probably shouldn’t be peering at a small mobile screen either.

    Or the nursing home worker in the US who was sacked after posting an unauthorised photo of herself with a patient on her Facebook page.    

    there are countless other tales of workers being sacked for YouTube videos, or Facebook postings that the powers-that-be have taken exception to.

    People tend to forget that Facebook is, to some extent, publically viewable. Call in sick and then post photos of yourself living it up elewhere, and all it takes is for one work-related person to spot your mistake. Swear you are flat out working from home and then update your Twitter feed to tell your friends how you’re catching up on Jeremy Kyle and you might land yourself in hot water.

    And that’s before we get into the security aspects of posting the minutae of your life online.  

    • petee says:

      i don’t know how many updates on facebook from friends that have simply said “i hate my boss” . i love mine BTW