Being a business person in contemporary society often means blurring the distinction between being at work versus away from work. For many entrepreneurs that work out of their home, the challenge to return to a work assignment or project is often magnetic – no matter what the time of the day or night the urge strikes. However, even for those with a physical store or office or other place of business; the ability to transition from work to home or business to social has become much harder.
Whether it is emails that are now accessible by cell phones, Wi-Fi availibility becoming ubiquitous and with it the ability to be connected in almost any coffee shop or gathering place documented on the world globe, or the latest blurring of work from pleasure time – the social networks.
With the popularity of LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social networking sites, many business people are having to make decisions about where to draw the line on sharing their personal life with business associates. When asked to link or friend someone only known through the business – is it insulting to ignore the request? What are the implications of refusing to friend someone and claiming you want to protect your personal life? If accepted, how does it change the dynamic of the relationship when photos, comments, or other communications that are truly meant for those closest to us are now available to be viewed and possibly even shared with others?
How do you decide whether to link with acquaintances on LinkedIn? What is the criteria for deciding to friend someone you met through a business function on facebook?