Work Etiquette on Facebook: To Friend Request or Not…

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To friend or not to friend … a question that many find themselves asking when it comes to Facebook and work acquaintances.

According to a recent survey by OfficeTeam, more than six out of 10 Facebook users feel uncomfortable being friend requested by their bosses or employees they supervise.

OfficeTeam is a staffing service that specializes in the placement of highly skilled workers.

Survey results were based on telephone interviews with more than 1,000 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees.

Alan Reisigner, a workplace expert from OfficeTeam, shared five tips on how to determine whether or not connecting with co-workers on Facebook is appropriate.

1) Follow the Leader: Allow your boss or those more senior than you to make the first move.

2) Scope it Out: Check to see whether other colleagues are Facebook friends before connecting with them through social media.

3) Ask First: Ask individuals whether they would be interested in connecting through social media.

4) Do a Self-Check: Review your profile to be sure that what is posted will not damage your professional image.

5) Do Not Give in to Peer Pressure: You do not need to share social media updates with everyone in the office.

If you are worried about offending co-workers, accept the friend request, but use privacy settings and lists to control who can view certain content.

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