Saving 'Face': Survey Reveals the Majority of Executives are Hesitant to be 'Friended' by Business Contacts on Facebook

    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Thinking about "friending" your boss on
Facebook? You may want to reconsider. According to a recent survey,
approximately seven in ten executives are uncomfortable being friended by the
employees they manage (72 per cent) or their bosses (69 per cent).
    The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service
specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals.
It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone
interviews with 100 randomly selected senior executives across Canada.
    Executives were asked, "How comfortable would you feel about being
'friended' by the following individuals on Facebook?" Their responses:

                                           Your  People you
                           Your boss  coworkers      manage  Clients  Vendors
                           ---------  ---------  ----------  -------  -------
    Very comfortable........     10%         5%          7%       4%       3%
    Somewhat comfortable....     16%        36%         18%      16%       8%
    Not very comfortable....     21%        18%         23%      27%      25%
    Not comfortable at all..     48%        38%         49%      49%      60%
    Don't know..............      5%         3%          3%       4%       4%
                                ----       ----        ----     ----     ----
                                100%       100%        100%     100%     100%

    "The line between personal and professional has grown increasingly
blurred as more people use social networking websites for business purposes,"
said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Although not everyone
is comfortable using sites like Facebook to connect with professional
contacts, it's wise to be prepared for these types of requests."
    Hosking advises employees on Facebook to be sure they are in compliance
with their employer's social networking policy. They should then familiarize
themselves with privacy settings and create different friend lists to control
how - and with whom - information is shared. "Individuals should classify
their professional contacts into a 'work' list and limit what personal details
this group can view," said Hosking.
    Following are some common Facebook situations professionals may encounter
and how to handle them:

    -   You're tagged in an embarrassing photo. Untag yourself and change
        your privacy settings so photos are viewable only by your close

    -   You're friended by someone you don't want to connect with. It might
        be best to accept friend requests from colleagues to avoid slighting
        them, but add them to a "work" list and adjust your privacy settings
        so you can effectively separate your job from your personal life.

    -   You're considering friending your boss. It may seem like a natural
        extension of amiable office small talk, but think twice before
        proactively friending your boss. It could become awkward for both of

    -   You want to join various groups. You should join groups that interest
        you. But if you have colleagues in your network and don't want them
        to see the groups you join, remember to adjust your application

    -   You would like to be a fan of certain pages. Becoming a fan of pages
        on Facebook is visible to anyone who can view your profile, so you
        should avoid becoming a fan of any page you are uncomfortable sharing
        with coworkers or business contacts in your network.

    -   You love quizzes. Stop and think for a moment before taking online
        quizzes and posting the results to your Facebook page - unless you
        want professional contacts to know which Gilligan's Island character
        you most resemble.

    About OfficeTeam

    OfficeTeam provides businesses with the temporary administrative
professionals they need to maximize productivity, achieve cost efficiency and
support existing staff. The company has more than 325 locations worldwide and
offers online job search services at

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