To Tweet or not to Tweet Your Boss…That is the Question
Social media is a great outlet for the workplace. Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn (or The Big Three) instantly connect businesses with clients and vice versa. There’s no denying the power of interacting with clients and customers to find out what people really want.
Social media is also a great tool to promote teamwork between coworkers. Many companies encourage employees to friend each other on Facebook or Retweet each others’ Tweets. In many cases, employees are friends outside of the workplace, finding solstice at Happy Hour or building friendships on the bowling team. There are a lot of cases where employees have no problem sharing their social media outlets with others they work with.
But what happens when your boss adds you on Facebook or Twitter? Do you ignore the requests and pray your boss forgets about it? Or do you confront your supervisor head-on? This is a tricky situation that must be handled with care.
“What are you doing?”
“I’m firing you! I’ve seen your idiot boss Tweet!”
With this situation, honesty is the way to go. If you are uncomfortable sharing your personal life with your boss or other coworkers, tell them! Don’t dodge their questions; it will only create an awkward working environment. Explain to whomever it is that you have a policy of keeping work friends and your social life separate. In most cases, the other party will understand and move on.
Social media is a great way to connect with people you work with, but it’s not for everyone. I personally have no problem sharing my personal life with people I work with…but to each his own!
How do you feel about friending your coworkers or boss?