How To Vent About Your Job Without Getting Fired
We've all come home from a terrible day at work, and all we want to do is talk to someone and get things off of our chest. Some people are lucky enough to have great friends or significant others who are willing to lend an ear, but sometimes that's not enough. Sometimes a boss, co-worker, or customer will say or do something that finally pushes you over the edge, and you feel the need to let the world know just how terrible it was. With all the various social networks out there, the internet seems like the perfect place to vent your frustrations, but sometimes that's the worst thing you can do.
Twitter, Facebook, YouTube oh my...
We've all heard stories about waitresses getting fired for posting Facebook statuses about bad tippers and bosses getting wind of someone's "tweet" badmouthing the company, resulting in their termination. The most recent controversy that hit the news waves is about an employee who wrote a song about customers and posted it to YouTube. After his employer saw it, he was fired. Most of the viewers comments were those of support and resounding agreement. Anyone who has worked in customer service can relate to the rants and complaints made on these social networking sites. Just because what people are complaining about is true doesn't mean that broadcasting your opinion for the world, and more importantly, the company you work for, to see is the best plan of action.
With newly implemented privacy and security settings, most people think that if a profile or update is private, they're safe. But just because your boss or company can't see what you're putting out there directly doesn't mean they won't see it eventually. Some of your "friends" may not be as nice as you think, and if they see something that you've posted that they believe may push their career forward, they'll make sure that your boss sees your post. Even well meaning friends may accidentally put your private post out there for people to see. If a private tweet about your boss or job resounds among your followers, they may "re-tweet" it. Once it's re-tweeted, it's no longer private.
Many will argue that the first amendment guarantees the right to free speech, and that anything that is posted on a personal blog page or networking site is private and perfectly acceptable. However, most people that are employed are considered "at-will" employees, meaning that an employer can fire you for any reason at any time(except for reasons protected under federal law, such as race, religion, gender, etc.) That being said, if an employer sees something you've posted online that degrades the company, management, or customers, you can be fired immediately for your actions, regardless of the fact that they were done outside of work.
But You Can Still Vent!
Just because it's not the brightest idea to post your complaints on your own page doesn't mean you have to keep your lips zipped. There are lots of websites that allow you to vent, post opinions, and rant, and it's all anonymous! By using these websites, you can get all of your frustrations out without worrying about the repercussions. Also, you can read other peoples posts and you'll know you're not alone, or maybe you'll find that your situation isn't all that bad!
An employee was fired for publishing this video on YouTube
At some point, you're going to have to vent some sort of frustration about your job. When you do, be smart about it, or you may find that you won't have a job to rant about.