Facebook Thinking about “friending” your boss on Facebook? You may want to reconsider.

According to a recent survey, nearly half of executives are uncomfortable being friended by the employees they manage (48 per cent) or their bosses (47 per cent ).

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals.

“The line between personal and professional has grown increasingly blurred as more people use social networking websites for business purposes,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Although not everyone is comfortable using sites like Facebook to connect with professional contacts, it’s wise to be prepared for these types of requests.”

Hosking advises employees on Facebook to familiarize themselves with privacy settings and create different friend lists to control how — and with whom — information is shared.

“Individuals should classify their professional contacts into a ‘work’ list and limit what personal details this group can view,” said Hosking.

Following are some common Facebook situations professionals may encounter and how to handle them:

• You’re tagged in an embarrassing photo. Untag yourself and change your privacy settings so photos are viewable only by your close friends.

• You’re friended by someone you don’t want to connect with. It might be best to accept friend requests from colleagues to avoid slighting them, but add them to a “work” list and adjust your privacy settings so you can effectively separate your job from your personal life.

• You’re considering friending your boss. It may seem like a natural extension of amiable office small talk, but think twice before proactively friending your boss. It could become awkward.