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Don’t Badmouth the Hand that Feeds You

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What are the biggest mistakes I see young people making on social media?

  1. Complaining about their jobs
  2. Complaining about the customers at their jobs

Yes, we have freedom of speech. We can say what we want.  Remember the flip side of that freedom:

  1. Your employer has freedom to hire and fire.
  2. Your employer’s clients have freedom to spend their money elsewhere.

When you work for a company, like it or not, you are their brand ambassador. If you badmouth the brand or mock the customers, you potentially harm your employer. If you work there and you hate it, why would new customers want to enter the door or current customers want to return?

If the average Facebook user has 150 friends, then odds are that somehow, if you say something bad, your boss will see it.

It’s a tough economy, and odds are there are other people out there who would love to have your job and will do it well, without the badmouthing.

If you work for a company that is abusive, or that engages in immoral, unethical, or illegal practices, find another job. Don’t vent your frustrations on social media. If you do, and your prospective employers see it, they will assume you make a habit of badmouthing the hand that feeds you and will choose not to hire you.

Discretion 101 matters as much on Facebook and Twitter as it does in real life.

Good things happen if you share the good parts of your job, your customers, and your employer:

  1. You brand your employer as a great place.
  2. You brand yourself as a positive team member.
  3. The more you focus on the positive, the more you’ll enjoy your job and the time you’re there.

3 Responses to “Don’t Badmouth the Hand that Feeds You”

  1. Tammie Tuley May 31, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Absolutely love this blog post. This is great info, especially for college grads and those just entering the workforce. Social Media can benefit or bit you. You have the choice and people need to remember that you can’t un-burn a bridge. Thanks, Mary.

  2. margie clayman (@margieclayman) June 1, 2011 at 5:21 am #

    Well said, Mary. I can’t understand why people are so careless with what they talk about online. Sometimes people can only learn things when something bites *them*. Well stated, and so very true.


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