Facebook Friends With Your Co-Workers? Survey Shows Your Boss Probably Disapproves

You and your colleagues pitch in together on difficult projects, lunch together, and have drinks together after work. You probably think it’s the most natural thing in the world to friend them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter or Instagram. Your boss, though, probably thinks you shouldn’t.

That’s the surprising result of a survey of 1,006 employees and 307 senior managers conducted by staffing company OfficeTeam. Survey respondents were asked how appropriate it was to connect with co-workers on various social media platforms. It turns out that bosses and their employees have very different answers to this question.

When it comes to Facebook, 77 percent of employees thought it was either “very appropriate” or “somewhat appropriate” to be Facebook friends with your work colleagues, but only 49 percent of senior managers agreed. That disagreement carries over to other social media platforms. Sixty-one percent of employees thought it was fine to follow a co-worker on Twitter, but only 34 percent of bosses agreed. With Instagram, 56 percent of employees, but only 30 percent of bosses thought following a co-worker was appropriate. Interestingly, the one social platform bosses and employees seem to almost agree about is Snapchat, with 34 percent of employees thinking it was fine to connect with colleagues, and 26 percent of bosses thinking so too.

What should you do if you want to connect with a colleague on social media–if you get a connection request from a colleague? Here are a few options:

1. Use LinkedIn.

LinkedIn was not included in the OfficeTeam survey, but because it’s a professional networking tool, few bosses will object to you connecting with coworkers there. And LinkedIn has many of the same features as Facebook–you can even send instant messages to your contacts.

2. Keep your social media connections secret.

Most social networks give users the option to limit who can see what they post and who their other connections are. You can use this option to keep your social media interactions limited to the people you choose. If that doesn’t include your boss, he or she may never know that you and your co-workers are connected.

3. Talk to your boss.

He or she may not agree with the surveyed bosses who said connecting on social media was inappropriate, in which case there’s no problem. And if your boss does object, he or she may have some good reasons you hadn’t thought of to keep your professional life separate from your social media one. The only way to find out is to ask.

4. Consider the future.

It may be perfectly fine to connect with your co-workers on social media when you’re colleagues. But what happens if you get promoted to a leadership position? You may regret giving your former co-workers access to all the thoughts you share on Facebook or Twitter. So if a colleague sends you a social media request, or you want to make one yourself, take a moment to think it through. Will you be sorry one day–when you’re the boss yourself?

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Mila Kunis: “Ashton Kutcher Romance Started As Friends With Benefits”

Mila Kunis was convinced she would never marry Ashton Kutcher because their relationship began as a casual fling.

The 32-year-old actress first met Ashton in the late 1990s when they starred together in hit TV series That ’70s Show, in which they played lovers.

They reunited after Ashton split from his ex-wife Demi Moore in late 2011, and their friendship turned romantic in 2012. They became engaged in 2014 and wed in July, 2015, nine months after Mila gave birth to the couple’s first child, daughter Wyatt.

However, in a candid chat with U.S. shock jock Howard Stern, Mila confesses she never thought the former Two and a Half Men star would become her husband, because they initially agreed they were just going to “have fun”.

“We started dating with the idea we both were never going to get married,” she said.

The actress reveals she stayed the night the first time they reconnected at Ashton’s housewarming party, and they embarked on a casual relationship.

“Long story short, I didn’t leave until the next morning,” she candidly admitted. “(It was) the first time I ever slept over while I was single.”

But Mila had a hard time fighting her feelings for her now-husband – just like her character in romantic comedy Friends with Benefits, and his in No Strings Attached, which featured a similar plotline.

“If we just paid attention to these movies, we should know that s**t like this does not work out in real life,” Kunis laughed. “We clearly didn’t pay attention and we shook hands and said, ‘Let’s just have fun.’ Literally, we lived out our movies.”

“So then we ended up having a lot of talks about how this is a huge mistake… We both were in agreement, ‘This is just fun,’” Mila recalled. “Three months later, I was like, ‘This isn’t fun anymore!’”

Despite their unconventional road to marriage, Mila, who is expecting the couple’s second child, knows it was best to start the romance as good friends.

“We can’t bulls**t each other,” she told Glamour magazine earlier this month (Jul16). “I literally can’t lie to him. He can call me out on everything, and I can do the same, because there’s nothing about the other person’s face that we don’t know. We know when they’re acting, thus we know when they’re lying.

“There’s nothing we don’t know about each other because we’ve known each other for so long: the ugly, the bad, the good. We went through a period where I thought he was crazy. At the height of his career, I was like, ‘Ugh, I don’t like you. I don’t even know you anymore,’… then we’d get back together and be like, ‘Oh, sorry. I didn’t mean to overreact.’”

And Mila wouldn’t change it for the world: “It truly is being married to your best friend,” she concluded. “That’s a cliche; it’s cheesy. But it’s true.” (KG&MT/WNWCGC&WNWE/MT)

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Source: http://www.celebrity-gossip.net/mila-kunis/mila-kunis-ashton-kutcher-romance-started-friends-benefits-1703999

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