Fire Your Boss On Facebook!

Two variations on unfriending and subscribing can help you maintain boundaries and communicate with your boss at the same time.

If you’re friends with your boss on Facebook, now is a great time to reboot your relationship.

With Facebook’s new subscription feature, you can follow your boss’s public posts without unintentionally revealing your personal life.

So here’s how to politely fire your boss on Facebook.

Well, there’s two ways to do it, and the first way I’m going to tell you about is for nice bosses. The second is for the less nice ones.


Yes, unfriend your boss. Then him or her, politely, to activate Facebook subscriptions by going to this page.

Encourage your boss to open his or her public posts to comments, so you can respond. Subscribe to your boss’s feeds that interest you.

Making these changes will avoid crossing work with play. It also keeps open a channel of communication if, say, your boss has additional shifts or projects for you to take on.

By unfriending your boss and subscribing to his or her feed, you’re setting up clear boundaries that are less likely create complications in the workplace.

Now, if you’re already friends with your boss and you’re not comfortable “bossing” him or her around online, you have another way to stop your private and work lives bleeding together.

Less Nice Bosses

Wait until smart friend lists are active for you on Facebook. (If you open your page to subscriptions, you’ll likely get smart lists soon if not immediately.)

Add your boss to the list labeled “restricted,” which only allows access to your public posts. Consider using a list or group for coworkers and work-related discussions.

Using Facebook responsibly requires us to turn on the good features Facebook offers — like profile review.

And changing your online relationship with your boss to more closely resemble real life is a smart way to protect your job and your future.

Guest writer Jason Sattler is a social media strategiest at F-Secure. edited an image from Shutterstock.

Publish date: September 24, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT