Avoid Doing These Things After Work or You Could Lose Your Job ~ Life Is Great

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Avoid Doing These Things After Work or You Could Lose Your Job

We frequently hear about celebrities behaving badly or even
getting arrested. The media talks about how damaging these actions may
be to celebrities' careers yet time after time we see them becoming
even more popular. The public may be very forgiving but will your boss
be if you behave badly after work? Will your actions damage your
career? It depends on what you did, who saw you doing it and how it
affects your employer. Avoid these behaviors and you may save your
professional reputation.

Post Risque Content on the Web
You may think that picture of you, drunk and incoherent, on
MySpace or Facebook, is funny, but if your boss or prospective boss
comes across it, it could be very embarrassing. Think of the image you
are trying to convey. Is this it?

Get Arrested
If you get arrested, particularly if it makes the news, you can
count on people including your boss, clients and co-workers looking at
you a little differently. Your boss may not fire you unless you're
convicted, but he or she may refrain from giving you desirable
assignments until your name is cleared.

Disclose Your Employer's Secrets
Revealing proprietary information is a breach of ethics and
could harm your employer where it hurts most - on the bottom line.
This won't bode well for you as far as your current job is concerned
and it can tarnish your reputation with future employers as well. Even
competing companies that may have benefited from your indiscretion may
be reluctant to hire you.

Badmouth Your Boss, Co-workers or Clients
No one likes to have nasty things said about them. If you say
something mean about an acquaintance he or she may stop talking to
you. Your boss may fire you, your co-workers may make going to work
unpleasant and your clients may decide to go elsewhere.

Post Harmful Information About Your Employer on Your Blog
Do you have a blog? If you do, be careful what you say about
your job (as well as your personal life - see the first item on this
list). Things to avoid include some of the other items on this list,
like badmouthing your boss or colleagues or revealing company secrets.
If your reason for blogging is to vent about your job, use a pseudonym
and be careful not to give enough detail that readers can discover
your true identity.

Moonlight for a Competitor
If you moonlight for a competing company you could be violating
your employment contract if it includes a non-compete agreement. Check
your contract and your employment handbook. Even if there isn't
anything that forbids you from working for a competitor, you should
clear it with your boss first. He or she could see it as a conflict of

Get Drunk in Front of Your Boss or Colleagues
Whether you're out to dinner with your colleagues or at an
office party, which by the way is technically a work-related event,
don't get drunk or misbehave in any other way. Maintaining a
professional demeanor is imperative whenever you are around those with
whom you work.

Make Racist, Sexist or Other Statements that Reflect Your
While freedom of speech allows you to say whatever you want, the
question is, should you? Remarks that reflect intolerance toward
groups of people are hurtful and can reflect negatively on your
employer if you are seen as a company representative.

Stalk or Harass a Colleague
Your boss is likely to disapprove if your colleague reports that
you are doing something, even outside of work, that is making him or
her uncomfortable. Should your boss conclude that your colleague may
be so uncomfortable that it impedes his or her performance at work,
you may be out of a job.

Get Caught Out and About on a Sick Day
You want to spend the day on the beach or at the mall shopping.
Do you call in sick or take a personal or vacation day? If you picked
"call in sick," think about what will happen if your boss or someone
who might tell your boss, sees you enjoying your day off.

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