A Man Got Fired Because Of His Random Thoughts Posted on Social Networking Sites

There are more than 500 million social media users. Social networking sites have become a great platform for people to share information and express opinions. If used appropriately, social media can be very effective in job search and business.

A survey indicates that 66% employers monitor their employees’ Internet connections. Many people are well aware that they will get fired for bad-mouthing their bosses or companies on social networking sites, no matter if they keep a private setting or not. This MSNBC news video reports that a man got fired because of his opinions on Tulsa tragedy. One direct quote from his employer who fired him includes:

“… it is essential that we not become involve in public controversy either in support or in opposition of an issue …”

Afterwards, the victim’s job was reinstated. What makes the employer change the decision is out of the question. I wonder what thoughts you may have on this case. Will “no comments” seem better than “in support” or “in opposition”? Shall we stand in a neutral position on national news or public issues? After hearing this news, how comfortable would you feel the next time when you want to express your personal thoughts or opinions online? In a manager’s standpoint, what standards or criteria can be used to determine whether an employee needs to be fired for his/her comments posted on the Internet?

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