You can read the original story here. The link was posted on Twitter by @socialtweedia.
It was a cover story with as many holes as Swiss cheese. A Swiss woman, working for a Swiss company, called in sick, claiming a migraine. I don’t know much about migraines, but I gather you want to lie in a dark room and do as little as possible.
But instead of taking cover, so to speak, the woman used the opportunity to post to her Facebook account. Apparently she used her iPhone to update Facebook from her bed in her darkened room.
“If you are well enough to use Facebook, you are well enough to come to work,” the company said. They fired the woman for lying.
The woman claimed the company was spying. Maybe they were.
What did this woman do wrong?
First, when you work for a company, don’t “friend” colleagues unless you have a special account for business purposes. This woman admits she accepted a Friend request from someone in her company. This mysterious X had an account without a picture.
Second, when you’re sick, stay hidden. Some companies understand that you will fake a dentist appointment to attend a job interview at a competing company. Mental health days are common. Just be sure you won’t run into someone you shouldn’t.
My hunch is that the company had a hidden agenda. We don’t know if this woman had a history of missing work. Maybe they were looking for an excuse to fire her.
Alternatively, perhaps they felt they couldn’t overlook a public transgression. Anyone could see when this woman updated her account.
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