Think Twice before Hitting That “Friend” Button

You’re on Facebook just like millions of others around the globe.  So when an employee invites you to be “friends”, your first instinct is, “Sure!  Why not?”  But is that really the best decision?

Social networking is becoming a bit of a conundrum for managers, especially those who are in positions of significant power at their organizations.  For instance, if your “Facebook Friend” doesn’t pass a random drug screening, are you going to be less likely to take swift, zero-tolerance action? 

Though most supervisors and VPs confidently assert that they can separate work when needed, it’s becoming harder and harder to discipline employees if you are communicating via social networking.  After all, how easy is it to fire someone with whom you regularly IM, text and/or tweet?

Many companies have now begun to institute policies regarding social networking, but there’s always going to be a gray area.  Just make sure that you contemplate the potential downside of accepting a colleague as a “friend” before making that leap.

Kristina Taylor
In 1989, Kristina began her career as a customer service representative at the newly formed American Tenant Screen, Inc. Ten years later, she pioneered tenant background screening on the Internet. As a long-standing member of the National Multifamily Resident Information Council (formerly the National Association of Screening Agencies) Kristina gains insight into the trends of the tenant screening industry to better understand the current and future needs of their clients.

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