It is natural for most people to shed their facades or break down personal restraints once they’re online – the world wide web’s element of anonymity allows many to suddenly proclaim their obsessions over melted cheese and turnips without fear of implications.
Despite the TMI (Too Much Information) nature of Facebook and other social networking sites, friend requesting your boss seems to come too easily for most people.
Unfortunately, according to a survey developed by Robert Half, the chances of your boss feeling squirmy over clicking the ‘Accept’ button is just under half: 48% of executives admit that they are uncomfortable with being ‘friended’ by the employees they manage.
Similarly, 47% of the employees surveyed too don’t feel entirely comfortable seeing their manager's face in a drunken nightclub snapshot beseeching for a friend request.
“In Singapore, there are already more than 500,000 people who are Facebook members. While the majority uses it for social networking, an increasing number are using it as a tool to engage in business-related activities including sales, marketing and promotion, product research and recruitment,” says Mr Tim Hird, Managing Director of Robert Half Singapore.
The term ‘social networking’ has extended its field into business and professional grounds – hence almost completely eradicating the ‘social’ half – and while this tends to create a friendly, personable relationship between colleagues and employers, there still ought to be limits.
Robert Half shares some tips on handling tricky Facebook situations: