We came across some interesting statistics on the Huffington Post regarding “friending” your boss on Facebook.
The numbers (according to a Russell Herder survey)
- 21% – Are friends with their supervisors
- 74% – Are not friends with their supervisors
For those that are friends – who initiated the “friend request?”
- 46% say they initiated the friendship
- 38% say their bosses did
We find this interesting because Facebook, in comparison with LinkedIn (a professional social network), started with literal friends. You know – the ones you actually see and speak to on a regular basis – not through Facebook messenger.
Leave the boss and colleague social relationship to LinkedIn’s professional connections. Save the “friending” on Facebook for old friends and acquaintances.