Facebook Bullying in the Workplace

Facebook does what it says when it links people all around the world. Family, friends and work mates all get connected and depending on your privacy settings, everyone can know all your business. So, what happens when your Facebook is used for your business too? The line between work social media and private social needs is blurred. If you fall out with someone at work and they unfriend you from Facebook, you also lose the work comments and are out of the loop.

This is why it is so important to seperate your social media accounts from work and home. Do you really want potential important customers seeing pictures of you drunk, and do your friends actually want to scroll through pages of properties for sale from your work?

The answer- have an alter ego. An alter ego splits your online ID from work and home, and allows you join sensitive sites without information leaking back to your social media. If you like, it is similar to an author working under another name.

From Daily Mail

‘Mrs Bird took the first opportunity to draw a line under the relationship with Ms Roberts … when she removed her as a friend on Facebook as she did not like Ms Roberts and would prefer not to have to deal with her,’ the Fair Work Commission‘s Nicole Wells ruled.

She concluded that the act of ‘unfriending’ during the incident last January was evidence of ‘a lack of emotional maturity and is indicative of unreasonable behaviour’.

Calling her a ‘schoolgirl’ was ‘provocative and disobliging’, she added.

Ms Roberts was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and received medication and treatment from a psychologist and deemed unfit to return to work until the dispute had been resolved.

The tribunal found this showed Mrs Bird’s behaviour posed a risk to the employee’s health and safety.

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