Views are my own
This is a line that we often see appearing in various social media bios. What this line tries to do is to say that this is me at my most honest with my own opinion and it might not be the opinion of the organisations that I represent. But does that line make a difference? It does to the employer you are representing. Because even if those views are your own and not your employers’ they still highlight the kind of person employed by your employer and the culture it may foster.
Stay within the law
If you are lucky enough to be self-employed and are not concerned about turning away customers whose opinions or values are different from your own, then that’s great, tweet away. Remember to stay within the law though, even if it is your own opinion. Racism, homophobia, fraudulent claims and copyright. Apart from not being very nice things, they all have legal aspects to consider. Here are some examples of social media errors that cost people their jobs: https://careers.workopolis.com/advice/6-people-who-were-fired-for-social-media-posts/
6 Top tips and a handy mnemonic
If you have to do business (like most of us!) with people whose opinions differ from yours, here are a few top tips:
1: Be considerate – (If you can’t say something nice, don’t say it all)
2: Silence is your friend – if you wouldn’t be comfortable standing up and shouting about it in public, don’t say it on social media.
3: Take a Breather! Especially if it is a controversial post! This gives you time to spot typos etc as well as checking for emotionally inappropriate or offensive content.
4: Delete! If you realise you’ve posted something inappropriate, delete it as quickly as possible. It might be too late (and we’ve got tips for what to do if that’s the case) but it’s always worth a try!
5: Don’t Drink (alcohol or any substance abuse) and tweet!
6: Employer’s guidelines are important so check yours before posting on social media (even if you have included a “views are my own” disclaimer!)
Because we like being helpful, we have even put it in a handy mnemonic for you to memorise.
CSBDDE “Consider Social Before Daily Disaster Erupts”
Lastly, it is a harsh social world we live in. Generation Z are unable to “be stupid” and learn from their mistakes without it being caught on camera and posted on social media. And this might actually affect their opportunities in the future.
It will serve us all well to remember that we all make mistakes so don’t be too eager to point them out, it might be you next! Hopefully, this little mnemonic will help you to avoid at least some of them.