Did you know your activity on social media could get you fired? There have been some cases over the last few years where nurses and other professionals have been terminated because their personal social media crossed a line that the employer felt was critical. Even the most seemingly innocent post can draw scrutiny from the public and your employer.
- Is the post appropriate? The first question you want to ask is if this post could possibly cast you in a negative light. Does it use foul language? Does it share inappropriate images? Think carefully before you hit submit on anything you post. Keep in mind that just including the phrase “not safe for work” doesn’t remove you from responsibility as the person who shared the information.
- Does the post infringe on anyone’s privacy? In a recent case involving a nurse who was terminated for an inappropriate Instagram post, she was told that her photo violated the privacy of the patient and their family. Taking photos on the job that include individuals or specifically reference instances can be seen as a violation of personal privacy.
- Would you want your mom to read it? A good gauge for social media is “The Mom Test.” Whatever you’re about to post, think about whether or not you would want your mom to read it. Keep this in mind metaphorically as you decide about posting a controversial topic or a questionable photo.
- Have you checked your privacy settings? Some online networks are specifically public such as Instagram and Twitter. However, there are others where you have some control over who sees your content. Facebook periodically updates its privacy settings so it is a good idea to check them every few months to help make sure that only your friends can see your posts.
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