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Should you ‘friend’ a boss or co-worker online?

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We’ve offered advice before about keeping your professional and personal networks from overlapping too much. Now a new survey from OfficeTeam reveals that people are still uncertain about the rules of online social networking.

Of the 1,000 executives polled:

Nearly half (47%) said they would not be comfortable with “friending” a boss, while 48% said they’d rather not be Facebook friends with people they manage. (Only 12% reported being “very comfortable” with that.)

A slight majority (51%) wouldn’t mind friending colleagues. When it comes to clients, only 7% of the managers polled said they’d be “very comfortable” having clients as Facebook friends; 50% said they wouldn’t like it.

Tips for blending personal and professional friends on Facebook:

You’re friended by someone you don’t want to connect with. It might be best to accept friend requests from colleagues to avoid slighting them, but add them to a “work” list and adjust your privacy settings so you can effectively separate your job from your personal life.

You want to join various groups. You should join groups that interest you. But if you have colleagues in your network and don’t want them to see the groups you join, remember to adjust your application settings.

You would like to be a fan of certain pages. Becoming a fan of pages on Facebook is visible to anyone who can view your profile, so you should avoid becoming a fan of any page you are uncomfortable sharing with co-workers or business contacts in your network.

You love quizzes. Stop and think for a moment before taking online quizzes and posting the results to your Facebook page—unless you want professional contacts to know which Gilligan’s Island character you most resemble.

Source: OfficeTeam.

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