As a business professional, it’s a good idea to promote positive behaviors in yourself consistently. However, equally important, you should find out every way that you can to stay out of trouble. And trouble can come in many forms. Look at other people for examples of both positive and negative behaviors.
Specifically, there are a few ways to stay out of trouble that you can look out for immediately. Get rid of old tweets. Minimize your social media footprint. Watch out for promoting your political opinions. And appreciate office relationship dynamics. If you follow those four pieces of advice consistently, then you will have a much better time than a lot of people who find themselves in hot water in their professional environments.
Delete Your Tweets
You see it in the news all the time. People get in trouble for old tweets that they put out in the public sphere. You may not even remember saying the things that you submitted to your feed. You might’ve hit the enter key when you were tired or angry. But once a statement goes out into the world and it has your name attached to it, there can be consequences. That’s why it’s so important to go through and delete your searchable text on a regular basis.
Minimize Your Social Media Footprint
There is also the idea of minimizing your social media footprint in general. If a boss or a client is trying to find out some sort of information that can harm you, they are going to go to your social media account to find it. It could be a picture of you drinking. Maybe it’s a picture of you with a group of friends, which makes you guilty by association in some instances. The more material you have out there, the more your business counterparts can find some sort of ammunition against you.
Watch Out for Political Opinions
Everyone has political opinions. But if you notice, the smart money is on keeping them to yourself or just telling people in private. As soon as you start publicizing political opinions in any kind of forum, that can mean trouble. What happens if your boss has different viewpoints than you do? Can he or she hold that against you? Is it worth it to express yourself online if there are negative consequences possible?
Appreciate Office Relationship Dynamics
Office relationships can get people in trouble very quickly. Everything is fine between two people until suddenly something goes wrong, and then they still have to work with each other. Suddenly they don’t feel as compelled to keep each other’s secrets, and that can lead to an incredibly dysfunctional professional office. If people are mad at each other for reasons that exist outside of work, they can bleed right into day-to-day operations as a business.