Rhonda Yates
over 6 months ago
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To friend or not to friend

I have a personal policy that I do not friend anyone in Facebook with whom I currently work no matter if we are on the same level or not and no matter how good "work friends" we are. For me, it's easier to keep your work and personal lives separate. I do however have a business page they can "like ".

In my current office setting, I realize that my supervisor and co-worker have been working together a long time and they probably "friended" each other long before one became supervisor but when I have to listen to things like "I could tell how drunk you were from the pictures on Facebook " I just feel like it's unprofessional on too many levels to list.

I'm curious, have any companies out there initiated any policies that address this? What are your thoughts?

Thanks

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Elaine Sims

Like you said it is personal decision you made and it has to be respected and it seems like you are trying to separate your personal life from that of work and it makes sense. Great deal depends on the individual- relationship and trust. A more personal note, the name Yates--- Are you Via - Capemount?

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Jerry Sebastian

I agree with you...I am too a private person and will not share that info on any web site

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Beth Schorer

i dont like social media mixed with work. if somone gets upset with you there is no telling what they will do. i pers0nally would not friend them. some companies are just nosey . i started dating someone different dept, and the whole bunch of nosey people come out of wood work. top people were harssing us . In different ways making work atmospere miserable. we would just do our jobs . ignor each other still they would pull some miserable stunts.

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Donna Seals

Rhonda, You have a great policy to keep your personal and professional life separate. Facebook is often viewed by employers who have potential employees they interview. Can you imagine what it would say about a potential employee who was partying every night or even every weekend. Or how one may speak poorly of their last employer..etc. It is a really good idea to keep your private life private. Your supervisors speaking of being drunk, not very professional in the work place! Good luck to you.

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Clarence Davis

Keep it professional at all times. Never get into anything personal.

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david doane

Facebook is a dying social media that is used by people over 30. There are new ways to message that are much better. Facebook is old school, nobody should really even be using it now. Unless you know how to privatize your messages and your account, you are asking for trouble being on facebook !

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Crystal Roberts

I'm not sure how I feel about that I guess I wouldn't want my boss or co workers think I'm bad person or do stupid things on my own time cause who I am professionally isn't who I am on my time I'm fun out going smart, so IDK

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Heather Noelke

I agree with you. I don't mind my co-workers who I don't answer to & who don't answer to me (we don't even really work 'together') being friends on Facebook but my actual boss sent me a friend request. I thought about it for a couple days & regretfully accepted. One day, after he brought up the fact that I dropped off some treats I baked to a friend's office one morning, I then unfriended him. He went to tag me in a post one day but it said we weren't friends so he quickly brought it up. I told him I didn't like the fact that he made a comment or brought something up that I did in my personal time during a professional conversation. Needless to say, so he didn't curl up into a ball, cry like a baby & give me the cold shoulder, I sent him a friend request. BUT......the moment he accepted (which was pretty much, right away) I blocked him specifically from seeing any of my future posts! I don't like him being friends with me on there. I feel like I work with very sneaky people & it makes me uncomfortable but the ties will be cut soon.......I hope! :)

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Hans Solo

You're absolutely right. Do Not Ever Change. Do Not Ever Friend Them. I remember a friend i loved she felt this exact way she NEVER changed her reason, and she was Right in every single way. #Listen2YouSelf1st.#.

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James Litkett

I have no problem with this but it also depends on the business !!!

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