Why You Should Rethink Your Boss's Friend Request

7 years ago

There have been well-publicized Twitter breakups, but Chelsea Taylor of the UK may be the first person to lose her job via social media. In a reverse Doocing, rather than being fired for something she wrote on her blog or a social media account, Taylor was fired via a message posted on her Facebook wall telling Taylor and all her friends (as well as their friends if they commented under the wall posting) that she was being let go for losing a ten dollar note.

Her mother publicly chided her daughter's former employer pointing out that a firing should be conducted in person or over the phone. Though it begs the question--in a world where more and more people are blurring the work world with their private world by mixing their friends and employers via social media sites, are we looking at a future where stories like this will become commonplace?

Up in the Air gave us a taste of the discomfort that comes with firing someone. Will employers look to take the easy way out in the future and utilize mediums such as the more friendly Facebook or Twitter (how can you be upset? It's just a message from a friend?) in order to sugarcoat reality?


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Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her book is Navigating the Land of If.

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