Friend Request Gone Bad – Boss Edition

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.

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