Its seems a regular occurrence in the news that social networks, such as Facebook, Myspace are becoming a new way to restrict your employability.
According to Sky News, Kimberley Swann a 16 year old girl from Clacton, mentioned on Facebook that her office job was “boring” a fairly innocuous statement which millions would be able to make and do.
Her employer Ivell Marketing & Logistics were rather offended and apparently sacked her without allowing her to explain, her mother pointed out that “she didn’t mention the company’s name.
Steve Ivell of the company is reported to have said "Her display of disrespect and dissatisfaction undermined the relationship and made it untenable."
I just took a look at the website for Ivell Marketing & Logistics Ltd, and find it full of noble assertions for instance on the Welcome page it has this statement “We follow a zero tolerance social accountability standard” not sure what that means, but perhaps a little clearer are statements to be found in the Corporate Responsibility section and this one in particular headlined Basic Labour Standards
“We want to ensure that our factory partners respect basic labour standards defined by the International Labour Organisation and basic human rights defined by the United Universal Declaration of Human Rights and encoded the in the International Covenants on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Civil and Political Rights”
Its my opinion that along with having worthy statements, Ivell Marketing & Logistics Ltd might like to take a bit of time to actually understand them, also they might like to add the European convention of Human Rights in particular article 10 which provides the right to freedom of expression, although this is also covered in the United Nations Declaration.
Lets hope that Ivell Marketing develop a better sense of humour or thicker skin, or maybe partake of the real world in which people will make far worse remarks about work, still I’m sure I’ve never come home from work and said something like “those mean spirited B*st*rds blah blah” , well perhaps I have but I’m old enough not to put such thoughts on this or any other website.
I’ve only ever mentioned work in the most general terms, but if I were to do so, on a social network pages, does it matter, these electronic conversations are a mirror to those we have face to face in the street, pub, cafe etc.