Bashing Bosses on Social Media
Joyce Lain Kennedy
Not only is my boss a miserable micromanager, but he never accepts the blame when something goes wrong -- it's always someone else's fault. I'm out of patience and ready to get out. I plan to do a job search by tweeting (through) Twitter. I will ask my followers to re-tweet my urgent need to get away from this horrible job and ugly boss to their followers, and ask everyone to tell me about any opening they hear about. I need my paychecks. Can I get fired for going online and dissing my boss? -- B.B.
While it's never a good idea to stick your thumb in your boss's eye, the earth may be moving beneath America's feet. Last month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) launched what lawyers are calling a groundbreaking case in accusing an ambulance service of illegally firing an emergency medical technician.
The employee ripped her supervisor on her
The labor board is an independent agency created by
How serious is the NLRB complaint? Serious enough that a major law firm immediately advised its hundreds of client companies to review Internet and social media policies to be sure they're not vulnerable to legal complaints of chilling employees' rights to discuss wages, working conditions and unionization.
An administrative law judge is scheduled to begin hearing the case of the terminated EMT in January. Regardless of how this case turns out, the issue of free employee speech online is not going to go away.
Whatever emerges on this issue, publically bashing your boss as a prelude to looking for a new job is the action of a nincompoop. Treat your tweet with positive reasons why you're ready to seek new opportunities.
I'm planning to get a job working days and continue my education online at night. But I want to be sure I'm not wasting my time or money in choosing the school I attend. I've heard about accreditation for schools, but I'm not sure I really understand it. What's the deal? -- K.R.
Accreditation is a very big deal. It means an educational institution has been tested and found worthy by experts. It means you can expect to get what you pay for and that employers won't laugh at your credential. Diploma mills are never accredited by legitimate accrediting bodies.
Consider only educational institutions that are accredited, whether you're going to a vocational school, college, or graduate or professional school -- on campus or online.
As a starting point, read a free new leaflet from the
While you're there, move to the right-hand column and click on another free publication: "Exploding the Myths of DECA Accreditation."
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