Hmm…Well, the easy answer to this would be ‘No’. However, it also depends on the type of person that you are as well as the kind of Facebook account you are maintaining. According to Michelle Nichols of Reuters, a survey of 1,000 people by Liberty Mutual’s Responsibility Project back in February of this year found:
…that 56 percent of Americans say it is irresponsible to be friends with a boss and 62 percent say it is wrong to be friends with an employee. But 76 percent believe it is acceptable to be friends with a workplace peer, according to the survey of 1,000 people by Liberty Mutual’s Responsibility Project.
So, Now What?
Ultimately, befriending your boss on Facebook is a personal choice- one that is contingent with the type of person you are as well as the purpose for your account. For instance, my Facebook account is strictly for keeping in touch with family and close friends. I make it a point not to cross work with my personal life wherever I can, and my account is a reflection of that. It’s not that I don’t want my boss perusing the photos that my brother tagged me in from when we were little or seeing my latest political rant to one of my friends; it’s just that I would prefer to keep these areas separate to avoid confusion
For others, however; Facebook has blossomed into more of a social business networking site. They’ve figured out how to create a fan page for their business and have added all sorts of business contacts to their friends’ list. There is even a feature that will allow you to create a Facebook badge that you can stick on your website to make it even easier for folks to track you down on the ever increasingly popular social networking site. The possibilities are endless it seems.
My Boss Sent Me a Friend Request- Now What?!
As a general rule of thumb, it is a good idea to alter your settings to only allow those people who you want to be able to contact you. In some cases, you can change it so that no one can really contact you, let alone see your profile picture on Facebook. However, if you have received a friend request from your boss, you can do one of two things:
- Accept, But…. Accept your boss’ friend request; and then immediately after you do so, alter the settings for what he or she will be allowed to see/access on your Facebook profile. This is easily accomplished by snooping around in your ‘Settings” area.
- Decline, But…Decline your boss’ friend request and then immediately follow up with either a Facebook message (if their profile allows it) or a quick email stating that you saw their request; however, you only use your Facebook account for friends and family. Most reasonable people will understand this and not hold it against you.
So, what do you think? Is adding your boss to your Facebook friends’ list a good idea?