Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Should You Friend Your Employee in Facebook?

A friend request from your FB by your employee is a well meant but not always welcome surprise. Before you hit accept, first think about the possible implications.
You also have to take note that before accepting an employee's friend request, decide whether facebook is a personal branding tool or a place to connect with friends. If it's the latter, definitely opt out.

Play hard to get. You have to remember that you are a boss and not a peer, so you can get away with being aloof. Or you might just try simply by not responding. That might well be the end of it.

"It's not you, it's me" would be a great answer if the employee tracks you down and asks why you didn't respond. Explain that you keep a boundary between work and home. And also tell him that you want to enjoy the world without Big Brother watching ;).

Accept a request if it is someone with whom you want a lasting link. Just make sure you both agree. Whatever happens on Facebook, stays on Facebook.