Don’t even think about “friending” your boss on Facebook

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Nearly half the nation’s top executives surveyed by Office Team are “uncomfortable” being “friended” by an employee they manage or by their bosses.

However, being friended by coworkers was ranked “somewhat comfortable” by 38 percent of respondents.

Senior executives at the nation’s 1,000 largest companies weighed in on the survey.

Office Team offered the following tips for “saving face” on Facebook.

  • If you’re tagged in an embarrassing photo, untag yourself and change your privacy settings so photos are viewable only by your close friends.
  • If 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.
  • If 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.
  • If 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.
  • If 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.
  • If 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.