5 Things Victims of Workplace Bullying Should Avoid Sharing on Social Media

Exploring how social media can make workplace bullying worse

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This day and age, people tend to post everything on social media including the good, the bad and the ugly. As a result, social media has become a platform to vent online. After all, it can feel very cathartic to do so. But sometimes making a social faux pas on social media can create more headaches . In fact, if you do not manage your words online, you could make your job situation complicated, especially if you are already dealing with workplace bullying.

So try to stop and think about each and every tweet, post or comment online. What’s more, you should definitely avoid putting these five things online.

Do not make offensive comments about your coworkers. No matter how mean the office mean girl is, you should avoid posting inflammatory content online. Policing what you say outside of work may seem unfair, but your comments reflect an image about the company. And honestly, they are not going to improve your situation at work. If you need to vent about what someone is doing to you online, call a friend and talk. But do not air it on social media. You might just make things worse at work.

Avoid complaining about your job or your boss. Even though things at work are tough and your boss is a bully, do not take to social media to find relief. Doing so can land you in hot water at work. While it is true that valid complaints about working conditions are often considered protected speech, complaints about a mean boss probably are not.

So you should probably keep your remarks to yourself.

Refrain from sharing when you should be working. While it may be tempting to fire off a tweet or post to Facebook when you are in a particularly tough meeting, you should definitely refrain from doing so. Not only does using social media while you are at work make you less productive, it also reflects poorly on you as an employee.

Many employers still view any type of social media use during the workday as an inappropriate use of time. What’s more, that co-worker that keeps harassing you could use your social media use to get you in trouble with the boss.

Resist the urge to post photos from work gatherings. No matter how tempting it is to post a photo of the office bully doing something unsavory after work, it is never a good idea. Never stoop to the level of a bully no matter how much you want revenge. When it comes to work gatherings, remember that the rules are different from hanging out with friends. The best move is to keep your phone in your pocket and avoid the office drama.

Keep your job search efforts as private as possible. Searching for a new job, especially when the one you have is filled with workplace bullying, is nothing to be ashamed of. But social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter are not the places to let the world know you are looking for something new. Even if you are not friends with your boss online, he could still see a screenshot of your post.

This also could make the workplace bullying you are experiencing worse.

But don’t take your job search completely offline. You just need to be savvy about how you do it. Adjust your LinkedIn privacy settings and respond to job postings on Facebook via direct message. Remember, it is easier to find a job when you are currently employed. But do not conduct a job search in way that will make dealing with workplace bullying even more challenging.

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