InformedDebate from The Costo Connection

Bosses and their employees see each other every day at work and may even see each other as friends. But should they friend each other on Facebook as well? Some say yes, if you know how to set up some online restrictions. Others argue that it’s inappropriate on Facebook because of the power imbalance, but OK to connect on professional networks such as LinkedIn. What do you think?

Social media expert, Jessica Lamb says, “Yes! Social media is a great way for individuals to connect and find commonalities outside the office.”  While another expert, Dr. Wendy R. Carroll, stresses that several sources “highlighted the risks associated with loss of privacy and damage to reputation that could negatively affect and jeopardize an employee’s employment relationship or a boss’s objectivity in dealing with employee matters.”