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“Social No-Working”- FaceBook

Recently I have been going through an article that titled “Social No-Working”. Facebook is a Social Networking service that is meant to bring friends and relatives more close. I have also found my long time friends in this site who are not in touch for more than 15 years! We share lot of stories about our personal life and comment a lot about job. Commenting about job is not very safe at least in Facebook now. Recently in that article I have seen a 16 year old girl named Kimberley Swann of Clacton on Sea in England was sacked from her company for mentioning in Facebook that her job was boring. She used to work in Ivell Marketing and Logistics Limited. I researched more on this and was trying to find what the hell she has written that turned her job life a hell. Exactly what she has written is as follows:

““all i do is shred holepunch n scan paper!!! omg!‘” … “im so totally bord!!!”

Her former boss Steve Ivell justified the sacking as Swann ‘publicly’ posted comments and shared them with coworkers. UK Tabloids such as The Sun placed in newspaper as “Social No-Working”. Also most recently same incident occurred for Virgin Airlines as well as British Airways for calling its passengers as “Smelling & Annoying” in Facebook.

Essex BBC got a few quotes:

Her mother, Janette, 41, said: “I think she’s been treated totally unfairly. She didn’t mention the company’s name. “This is a 16-year-old child we’re talking about. She says Clacton is boring but we’re not going to throw her out of the house for it.”

Mr Ivell said: “Ivell Marketing is a small, close-knit family company and it is very important that all the staff work together in harmony. “Had Miss Swann put up a poster on the staff notice board making the same comments and invited other staff to read it there would have been the same result.”
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said employers needed “thicker skins” in relation to social networking websites.
She said: “Most employers wouldn’t dream of following their staff down the pub to see if they were sounding off about work to their friends.”

Now a few things according to me:

1) What Miss Swann has said is wrong. It definitely hampers a companies’ Pride. But on careful study of the statement it is clear that she has not mentioned any name. Then how can her boss fire her?
2) If someday a person is kicked for this reason he can also say that now a days hacking a Facebook account is not a big deal. Then what is the proof that his or her account was not hacked and somebody else has not written the abusing statement?
In this recession market none of the job is stable. The Big Boss searches for a little reason and if they found it, it takes not even a minute for him or her to become an adamant boss like that of Peter parker’s boss in his Daily Bugle newspaper. In my personal experience I have seen how people are loosing their jobs in a moment without any reason. How their bonuses are cut down and how they are treated in their workplace. Its really feels bad to sign a Pink Letter for someone whereas it is of great pride for some people to do the same.

Facebook is site where people can share their views and comments and it’s a social right for a person to speak against something they don’t like. If I were the boss of Miss Swann then really I would have called her asked her what was the reason to say such things instead of sacking her. It should be remembered critics are the person who make us better.

About the author

Ambarish Pandey

Ambarish Pandey is currently working for PricewaterhouseCoopers PVT. LTD. in India, Kolkata. He is a Senior Consultant in the Advisory Division of the firm. He holds Engineering degree from Bengal Engineering & Science University, Shibpur, India's second oldest Engineering college. Besides Developing websites and other software jobs he loves to blog on Women, Minority Issues.

His hobbies are Cooking, Collectibles and Archeology(Egyptology), Bengal's & Punjab's History... His book on cookery in Bengali under title "Hesel"(Kitchen) has been published in India.

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  • Its a Total injustice done to her!….Facebook and public forum are mirrors of the society..so we can go on comenting as long as it does’nt hurt any one!..In FB i have found someone and she has became my life.So we can also say how this social networking sites are important in personal life!