Would you become Facebook friends with the boss?

19 April 2013
Here is a dilemma for you – would you accept a friend request on Facebook from your boss? On one hand you are a professional and want to keep it that way. On the other, if you declined the request, would there be repercussions at work?

A survey by Fierce, Inc, in the US of over 800 Facebook users revealed most succumb and accept a request from a manager, despite feeling uncomfortable.

The results also show they have good reason to feel that way. One in three employees said they know a person who has been reprimanded at work for inappropriate postings on Facebook, with half of those surveyed believing that Facebook is not a good way to enhance workplace relationships. Despite these reservations, it doesn’t stop 80 per cent of them using Facebook at work and some companies are forbidding staff to use the site. However, there could be other consequences to these restrictions, with further research by employee engagement business Keas revealing a ten-minute browse on Facebook can make employees happier, healthier and more productive. So what is the answer? Well, perhaps the question is wrong. Instead of asking if you would accept a friend request from your boss, perhaps you should ask why your boss is asking you to be friends on Facebook in the first place.
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