Let’s start this conversation with: Why would you “friend” your boss? Maybe your boss asked to be ‘friended’. Or, maybe you really like your boss and think they would be fun to interact with on Facebook. On the surface those seem like fairly good reasons for taking that step, but let’s examine a few reasons to be cautious.
There is very little reason to “friend” the boss no matter how much you two enjoy each other’s company. If they have asked to “friend” you on Facebook, either ignore it and pretend that you never saw the request in the first place or connect with them on Linked In. With Linked In, your persona is more professional to begin with; and Linked In has capabilities that will allow you to set privacy settings to help you keep private when you need to. If they ask you about not responding, you can simply say you prefer to connect with people at work on Linked In and avoid further explanations.
You have to think through the potential implications of whom and where you connect to people. You are the only person who will protect and care for your reputation and career future. To effectively manage that future you have to think about both today and tomorrow.
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