Hundreds of people get fired every year over stupid mistakes that were quickly corrected but are just bad enough that heads roll. In the digital age, though, this has brought about a new set of reasons for someone to tell you that you will no longer be working for them ‘effective immediately.
While they are great ways to connect with friends and project your voice, one of the greatest pitfalls of social media tools are their ability to get you in trouble in the workplace.
A firing over a mistakenly sent tweet made national news this week when long-time aide to Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) Mike Hardy was let go after he accidentally sent a tweet from the Congressman’s account that he meant to send from his own.
“Me likey 2 Broke Girls,” Hardy tweeted during the Super Bowl (probably with a few beers in his belly, referencing CBS’ raunchy Super Bowl commercial for the sitcom.
The comedy’s $4 million, 30 second commercial was sexed-up with the show’s stars Kat Dennings and Beth Beers wearing sparkly, show-girl versions of their ketchup and mustard-colored diner ensembles, pole dancing and having more illicit fun in a diner than should be allowed in a commercial during the Super Bowl.
Hardy quickly deleted the comment 14 seconds after posting it. Alas, that was not enough to save him from the unemployment line. Late Monday afternoon, the congressman fired him because of those 22 characters.
Labrador is not the only Congressman who’s fired staffers over twitter blunders. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash) had to fire three legislative aides in 2011 after the trio posted a series of tweets insulting their boss, admitting to drinking on the job and bragging about breaking government property. One of the staffers actually referred to Larsen as an “idiot boss” in one tweet.
While Hardy’s mistake wasn’t as intense as the former Larsen staffers,’ let this be a lesson to all to think before you tweet. Even the most innocuous tweets could land you out on your butt and at the rear end of your otherwise promising career.