Back in 2009, a 16-year-old in England posted on her Facebook wall that her first day at work was “omg so dull.”
She continued to lambast her job until her boss called her into his office and put the teenager out of her misery.
He fired her. (Read the story here.)
That same year a 22-year-old from Berkeley, Calif. posted this on Twitter after getting a job offer with Cisco:
“Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.”
Another Cisco employee saw the post and responded with his own tweet: “Who is the hiring manager? I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the Web.”
The 22-year-old apparently never worked a day at Cisco. Wonder why.
Turns out using social media at work — and even venting about work — is commonplace in today’s office culture. Even my student employees are often browsing photos on Facebook or watching videos on YouTube without a second thought.
And with Google+, it’s even worse. We just can’t escape those red notifications while checking email!
I can’t say I don’t use social networking sites while at work, either. (And my friends online are all guilty of this, too.) But I don’t abuse the access I have.
But where do you draw the line?