Business Perspectives

Bosses, co-workers don’t always want to be ‘friends’

Tread carefully if you want to expand your “friends” list. A recent survey finds that your bosses and co-workers probably don’t want to accept your social-media invitation.

A poll distributed by OfficeTeam says that more than 6 in 10 managers don’t want to be “friended” by their bosses or workers they supervise. Nearly half don’t want to connect with workplace peers, either.

It’s not news that careers have been upended when people posted too much information on their profile pages. Bosses can fire, and have fired, workers because they don’t like what they have viewed on social media sites.

But the reasons to limit your Facebook reach are usually more subtle. Often, a friending request simply makes the recipient uncomfortable – and that’s not good when job success depends on interpersonal relationships.

Here are five tips to help decide whether you should make Facebook connections with co-workers:











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