Good bosses and good employees
have no problems being Facebook
friends. The problems arise with
poor supervisors and/or poor
It creates boundary issues. A boss
should strive to keep work and private life separate.
I think you can have your boss as
your friend on Facebook, especially
if you are friends at work.
—Agnes Robinson Sheppard
No. Reasons are numerous, the
main one being that being friends
with your employees/employer on
social media allows them access to
your personal life. We all know that
as much as we like to think that we
are the same person at work as we
are on our own time, we are not.
I had a store manager tell me once
that I wasn’t to be friends with my
staff. I didn’t agree with it then, and
I sure don’t now. Your work family
is an essential part of success.
It depends what type of relationship
the employee and employer have.
Is it a purely work one, or is there
some degree of real friendship? If
the latter, it’s a no-brainer. If the
former, it’s more tricky.
There needs to be a separation
between boss and employee. That
way others cannot say you are
using your friendship to advance
I applied for, interviewed and was
accepted for my job, entirely on
Facebook. I only saw my boss in
person when I showed up to be
issued a key to the building. We discuss work more on Facebook than
we do face-to-face.
Should bosses and
employees friend each
other on Facebook?
BOSSES AND THEIR employees see each other every day at work and
may even see each other as friends. But should they friend each other
on Facebook as well? Some say yes, if you know how to set up some
online restrictions. Others argue that it’s inappropriate on Facebook
because of the power imbalance, but OK to connect on professional
networks such as LinkedIn.
What do you think?
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