Updated: Apr 3
In today's world, social media is an integral part of our lives. We connect with people, share our thoughts, and express our opinions through social media. It has become so ubiquitous that it's not uncommon to have your boss, co-worker, or client send you a friend request. However, friending your business acquaintances on social media can be risky business. While there are some benefits to connecting with peers outside of work, you will want to keep a few things in mind before accepting or sending friend requests.
1. You are not obligated to accept anyone's social media request. You are free to choose whether to connect or not, and you do not need to explain why you did or did not accept. So, take your time to evaluate your relationship with the person and your level of comfort before accepting or sending a request.
2. If you decide to accept requests from business acquaintances, it is essential to police your profile. Look at your past posts and pictures, and ask yourself, "Would I print them and put them on the bulletin board at my office?" If the answer is no, you will need to scrub your page and pay extra attention to posts (and comments) going forward.
3. Don't post on social media while you are on the clock. You do not want your co-workers or clients to think that you are not focused on your work because you are constantly posting on social media during working hours.
4. Avoid posting negative comments about co-workers or your work environment, whether you friend co-workers or not. There is no such thing as a private social media post, and there is always a chance someone may share it with your employer. Negative comments about your workplace or co-workers can damage your reputation and affect your career growth.
In conclusion, friending your boss, co-worker, or clients on social media can be beneficial, but it can also be risky business. Evaluate your relationship with the person, police your profile, post outside of working hours, and avoid negative comments about co-workers or your work environment. Remember, your online reputation can have a significant impact on your professional life, so always use social media wisely.