“in a survey of corporate employees, 76 percent thought it was ok to


Social Media Boundaries…what is appropriate?

Consider this discussion question:

“In a survey of corporate employees, 76 percent thought it was OK to friend another employee who was a peer. Only 35 percent thought it was OK to friend a supervisor, and only 30 percent thought it was OK to friend a supervisee.” Answer the following related questions:

  1. Do you think it is appropriate to “friend” a supervisor or supervisee on Facebook or another social networking website? What problems could arise by doing so? What work benefits might you achieve? What social boundaries should exist between supervisors and supervisees?
  2. Do you think the boundaries between private life and work life are blurred by communication technologies such as social networking? What standards or principles do you want to use to keep parts of your private life separate from your colleagues?
  3. Have you ever talked to your colleagues or classmates about your communication preferences? For example,do you prefer to text, talk, email or meeting? Which is most effective for you?


Graded Discussion Boards) and Syllabus regarding requirements for discussion posting. Briefly, your initial post should completely answer the question posed and be posted by Wednesdays. Respectful posts to classmates should be made (in a separate visit to the discussion board) by Sunday nights.

  1. Post your response by Wednesday (11:59 pm) and respond to at least two other students’ posts by Sunday (11:59 pm) for each week’s discussion.
  2. Please also review the Discussion Board rubric which outlines how you are graded on discussion posts. (For example, the “proficient” part of the participation grade is the minimum requirement of three posts. To achieve the “exceptional” range, you should post in excess of this.)
  3. Read the question asked carefully and assure that you have answered all parts asked.
  4. The discussion board is an important part of your grade and the primary means of interaction with your classmates. Please take it seriously, consider it studiously, and reply respectfully.
  5. Please note that you will not be able to view the discussion until you make a post.