With over 1 billion registered users, it is unlikely that your boss would not be registered on this platform. Now that you know that you and your boss have Facebook, you are bound to face the awkward situation where you feel obliged to add them, or that they add you and you have to make the decision whether or not to accept.
Never Initiate Contact
Let’s address situation number one: you should never, ever initiate the friend request as an employee. Facebook is a personal social network therefore you should try to keep it that way, unless you have a separate professional account. If you want to connect with your boss through a social network, the best medium is considered to be LinkedIn.
Boundary between Private and Professional Life
The majority of Facebook users are quite candid on their account, putting up personal pictures and statuses. If you use your Facebook for sharing private information that you would rather keep away from your professional life, then it is important to implement privacy settings and not connect with your boss/manager.
Addressing the Friend Request
The other situation is where your boss sends you a friend request on Facebook. Don’t panic, it is not the end of the world – if you can, make your account private and ignore the friend request. Your boss is not likely to ask you about it, however if they do ask you, you should respond diplomatically saying that you would rather keep your professional and personal contacts separate.
Privacy Settings on your Timeline
If the situation continues and your boss sends you another friend request, it is advised to use the Facebook privacy settings and accept your boss through restricted profile options. You can do this by logging into Facebook and going through your Privacy Settings. The recent development of Facebook timeline allows users to put individuals into restricted lists and allow access to only certain information and pictures.