Workplace relationships are taking a new turn with the advent of social media, including the choice of whether to accept a friend request from your boss on Facebook.
Most people would be reluctant to befriend their supervisors on Facebook, according to a recent study by three college professors.
Despite the use of Facebook as a marketing and networking tool, most users still rely on it primarily as a way to keep up personal relationships, the study found, and people are uncomfortable blurring the line between personal and professional.
However, members of Generation Y are more willing than their older counterparts to befriend their bosses. Dan Schawbel, author of “Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success,” said the line between personal and professional is blurring and Gen Y members are less concerned about privacy than older generations.
The study suggests that bosses should not send their employees friend requests, to avoid potentially uncomfortable situations, and should deny requests from their subordinates. LinkedIn is the preferred social medium for co-workers and supervisors to stay connected.
— Adapted from “When Bosses Want to be ‘Friends,’” Andrew R. McIlvaine, Human Resource Executive.
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