Should you "friend" your boss on Facebook?

September 23, 2009 4:35:36 PM PDT
Thinking about "friending" your boss on Facebook? You may want to reconsider. According to a recent survey, nearly half of executives are uncomfortable being friended by the employees they manage (48 percent) or their bosses (47 percent).

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a subsidiary of Robert Half International, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 150 randomly selected senior executives at the nation's 1,000 largest companies.

Executives were asked, "How comfortable would you feel about being 'friended' by the following individuals on Facebook?"

Following are some common Facebook situations professionals may encounter and how to handle them:

You're tagged in an embarrassing photo. Untag yourself and change your privacy settings so photos are viewable only by your close friends.

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're considering friending your boss. It may seem like a natural extension of amiable office small talk, but think twice before proactively friending your boss. It could become awkward for both of you.

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 coworkers 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.

About OfficeTeam
OfficeTeam provides businesses with the temporary administrative professionals they need to maximize productivity, achieve cost efficiency and support existing staff. The company has more than 325 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at www.officeteam.com.

About Robert Half International
Founded in 1948, Robert Half International is the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm. RHI is a recognized leader in professional consulting and staffing, and has seven professional staffing divisions: Accountemps, Robert Half Finance & Accounting, and Robert Half Management Resources for temporary, full-time and project professionals, respectively, in the fields of accounting and finance; OfficeTeam for highly skilled temporary administrative support; Robert Half Technology for information technology professionals; Robert Half Legal for temporary, project and full-time staffing of attorneys, paralegals and legal support personnel; and The Creative Group for creative, advertising, marketing and web design professionals. The company has more than 390 consulting and staffing locations worldwide and 13 offices in the Bay Area. For more information please visit www.rhi.com.

About David Knapp
David Knapp is a Regional Vice President for Robert Half International, overseeing operations in San Francisco. David joined Robert Half as a Recruiting Manager for the San Francisco, Robert Half Technology team in 1999. David has an extensive background in advertising, derived from his 10 years working for a large, Bay Area publishing firm. This experience provided him with a unique understanding of sales from a marketing perspective. During his tenure with the company, David has experienced continued success and as a result is a recipient of multiple company sales and leadership awards.

David deeply values the San Francisco community and demonstrates this through his committed volunteer work. David's community relations efforts include, his role as an Executive Champion for the American Heart Association's Start! Heart Walk; organizing group volunteer days at the San Francisco Food Bank and heading up the local, annual suit drive for Dress for Success. David is considered to be an expert on workplace and labor market trends and frequently speaks to the local and national media on these topics.


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