Tweeter beware, your job might be on the line…
Just last week James Gunn was fired from his role as returning director for Marvel Studio’s third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie franchise. If you don’t know the movies, I’m not going to get into it, other than if you enjoy watching comic book movies with talking trees and humorous racoons, you’ll probably like the first two.
As online sites were reporting, Gunn was let go due to past tweets deemed inappropriate and offensive by his employer Disney Company. Disney’s actions, regardless of how you react to their decision, reinforces the notion that social media (work related or otherwise) can impact your employment.
Our advice: be accountable for what you post and get to know your company’s social media policy. When it comes to social media, what might feel like a personal statement could be treated as an employment disciplinary issue.
P.S. We will be reaching out to Disney Company, because when you work with Harbour West Consulting you can guarantee a thorough social media scan as part of our comprehensive assessment process! So, Disney (and Marvel), if you’re reading this, we’re here to help you with any of your future hires.