What do you think about managers and employees being friends on Facebook?

  1. Do you think it's the norm to friend your nursing manager on Fb or follow on Twitter and Instagram? Is there a downside?
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  2. 43 Comments

  3. by   JoseQuinones
    Downside: your social media will become sterile and politically correct as you weigh every post with the thought, "Will my boss fire me for this?"

    Upside: Your boss will remember your birthday!

    Don't do it. Leave your personal and professional life separate. Especially in a field as stressful as nursing, taking the office home, so to speak, contributes to burnout.
  4. by   elkpark
    Don't do it.
  5. by   nrsang97
    Don't do it! Bad idea.
  6. by   RNperdiem
    Coworkers and bosses aren't friends. I save my "friending" for actual friends, old school buddies, and my many family members. Isn't that enough?
  7. by   klone
    I'm no longer on FB, but when I was, never bosses. I had one boss as a friend, whom I friended AFTER I left the job to move out of state.

    As far as coworkers, only those whom I was actually friends with, as in would socialize with outside work.
  8. by   TheCommuter
    I wouldn't send a Facebook friend request to a boss, nor would I accept one from a boss, manager, or any type of superior. Doing so would only invite more trouble in my professional life than I deem necessary.
  9. by   LadyFree28
    Not friends with my current boss on FB...just...

    My former boss, sure; and that's only because we don't work at that facility anymore.
  10. by   Rose_Queen
    I think it really depends on the work dynamic. I am friends with my direct supervisor and my entire small, dedicated team on Facebook. Thing is, we are a really close-knit group, and hang out outside of work on occasion.

    Do I watch what I say? Absolutely, but it's not just because of being friends with people I work with. If it's not something I wouldn't say to someone's face, I won't put it on Facebook either. No matter your privacy settings, whatever is on Facebook is in the public arena- that is what makes me watch what I say.
  11. by   Farawyn
    It does depend.
    Not on FB, but all my old friends were close on Insta. It caused nothing but problems. "Oh my God, they all went to Chili's and didn't ask Meeeeeeee!"
    My old old OLD first floor work friends are still close and have a group on FB called "We used to Work on (insert floor)"
    Extremely close with my Employee Health friends and would be friends with them if I was on, we text daily.
    Current job? No. The Principal friends everyone, and it's a bunch of teachers. No thanks.
  12. by   BuckyBadgerRN
    I was FB friends with my old boss, while I still worked for him. He ended up deactivating his account. We still text each other for birthdays, anniversaries, etc so I had no problem accepting his request.
    In my current job, I'm not sure my supervisors are even on FB! I didn't accept my previous DON's request until after I had left that position. I was FB friends with my direct supervisor in that job though, before I took the position in the facility, we had gone to nursing school together
  13. by   danielle2000
    I make it a rule to not to **** where I eat. When things go bad you will feel the wrath. I do not seek friendship with managers unless we work in separate areas, different hospitals etc.
  14. by   JWG223
    Quote from hawkesbe
    Do you think it's the norm to friend your nursing manager on Fb or follow on Twitter and Instagram? Is there a downside?
    ...is there an UPSIDE!? NO! This is a horrible idea.

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