What is it about social networking media that causes people to behave so irresponsibly.?

We recently learned of an incident in which an employee of a client made derogatory comments about a colleague on Facebook. The person who did this clearly failed to appreciate that what they had to say was effectively in the public domain. The matter came to light because the subject of the comments saw them and complained to higher management.

The unusual aspect of this sorry incident is that it was a manager who made the inappropriate use of Facebook. The manager now appreciates the consequences of such unprofessional behaviour.

Whilst social media are, strictly speaking, outside the control of an employer, such blatantly wrong conduct can lead to legitimate disciplinary consequences.