What Do You Do When Your Boss “Friends” You on Facebook?

We've all heard that you have to clean up your social media channels for future employers when it comes to applying for jobs. But, what happens when you've already gotten the job? If your boss friend requests you on Facebook, don't freak out. It's not necessarily a bad thing (unless, of course, you need to clean up your channels a bit!). In today's day and age, it probably doesn't mean that they're hoping to spy on you – they likely want to more about you as a person. So, do you accept their invite? Instead of taking your boss' Facebook invitation as a threat, you can actually spin it into a chance to improve your communication at work. And, employees who have accepted their boss on social media can attest to the success of this situation. Our friends at Coinage are sharing tips on how to deal with friend requests from our bosses on social media, and how it could even improve our work relationships.


Coinage, life well spent. Presented by GEICO. Uh-huh, your boss sent you a Facebook request or started following on Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat. This is a disaster, right? Actually, It could be an opportunity if you spin it right. Make this an opportunity to show your boss another side of you. One study found that a third of workers who are Facebook friends with their bosses felt that it improved their communication. Chat with your manager about sports, vacations, volunteering, pets, or family time. But be careful to keep your image clean. Refrain from posting political rants, complaints about work, or those wild pics from the party you went to on Saturday. Check out your privacy settings too. Facebook allows you to restrict posts to certain friend groups. So, you can share different content with your BFFs, grandma, and your boss. And, before you hit send on that friend request to your boss, consider that 57% of managers report, they'd find a request from an employee sorta weird. Let your superior make the first move. But if the thought of seeing your boss on your social media feed makes you cringe, it's okay to quietly reject it, we won't tell. [SOUND] Coinage. Life, well spent, presented by GEICO.
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