Yesterday, my boss called me into his office and said I was being let go. He told me that it was because I had been posting information about my company online. I presume he means Workplace Stack Exchange, because this is the only real site I use. (Don't worry; I secretly hate my job and am glad this is finally the kick I need to find something new.)
What's really puzzled me, though, is that I don't think I ever posted any information (damaging or non-damaging) that would lead back to my employer. I'm a semi-regular poster (created this temporary account for obvious reason) and have posted several things here on Workplace. I've asked questions about my workplace environment and employer, but I have never, ever:
- Named my company
- Used real names of anybody in my company
- Posted anything from my work computer
- Given anything that would lead back to my company
I have, however, posted a question about a specific individual I worked with. You would never figure out who they were by reading my post unless you personally knew me (and then you could probably figure it out). I never browse stack exchange from my work computer, but I do sometimes access it from my personal phone. I'm guessing my manager must have overseen what I was reading on my phone.
I feel funny asking this now, but I've got such great advice from this community in the past: what did I do wrong? Other than avoiding browsing Workplace Stack Exchange while I'm the clock, is there anything I can do differently next time so as to not get in trouble? Or is it better just avoiding ever posting anything person?