Your boss is not your friend. Stand in front of your mirror and repeat that to yourself every morning before you go to work. It will help you. Let’s proceed. A friend recently sent me a message on bbm asking whether if she blocked someone on Facebook whether the person would know. She went on to explain that the person had not yet sent her a friend request but she was anticipating it. Who? I asked. My madam was the reply. I LOLed and told her, no, the person won’t know (I’m not quite sure my reply was correct). I know people – not me, my bosses are amazing angels – whose bosses are the bane of their social media existence.
Almost everyone checks Facebook while they’re at work, but most are not careful not to post anything during working hours; and mind you, comments and likes on posts can be seen whether they’re friends with the person or not. It will surprise you one day, discussing a totally unrelated matter and your boss hits you with, ‘So you’re spending company time on social media, right?’ ‘Ah, no sir, I don’t do that at the office.’ And he’ll whip out his device and start giving you stats. ‘On Monday you liked a picture of a baby. On that same Monday at 11.02am when I had just finished asking you to prepare a report you commented LOL on a post making fun of Arsenal. . .’ (insert glare here, if your boss is an Arsenal fan). Having your boss as your friend also makes you super conscious about what you post even off work hours. You totally cannot gripe about work or your colleagues, there’ll always be that ‘what if my oga sees this?’ sensor in your head. Luckily for me, my job demands that I be on social media all day so I do not have this challenge. Any gbeborun is in the line of duty. For those of you who do, how are you able to have a happy social media life and not piss off your boss? Here are a few suggestions that might help.
- Don’t send or accept a friend request from your boss. Be it the oga pata pata or your line manager. If you’re already friends with your boss, you can be bold and go the unfriend/block route. Or you can hack their account and unfollow yourself so they can’t see your activity.
- Become proactive. Share your company posts constantly. That way you can squeeze in some me time and it will go unnoticed. Or ignored.
- Turn your Facebook account into Linkedin. Basically only say good things about your job, and give career advice. No more pictures with the boys with nkwobi and crate of Star on the table.
- Open another Facebook account and not be friends with your boss on that account.
Oya, add your own suggestions.