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9 controversial topics to avoid on social networks for job security

If you look at one of the recent post on Mashable today about an employee who’s social media activity landed him in the um-employment line, sadly it’s not the first time something like this has happen. Employees are using social networks more and more but without conscious thoughts about how their online posting could effect their employment status.

While social media and social networks may be a way for self expression, a way to stay in contact with friends and family members, you have to remember while you’re on the clock, content you post during work time could be looked as views supported by your employer without any disclaimers. Also even when you’re off the clock, sometimes unless you state that your views are your own, it could be considered the same values supported by the company.

With that being said here are 9 topics to avoid on social networks:

  1. Politics
  2. Race
  3. Sex in general
  4. Gay Marriage
  5. Sexual preference
  6. Religion
  7. Porn
  8. Past Jobs
  9. General complaining on the Job

For best practices it’s best for a company to have a social media policy / guidelines in place for all employees.

Does your work have a social media policy? Do you feel that you should be free to discuss any topic online?

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