What to do when your boss keeps a tab on your social media

If your boss has been saying nasty things to you about your social media updates on Facebook or Instagram and how you should be available for his work even during break time
 
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First and foremost, unfriend and unfollow him from all your social media profiles. That's the safest way to go forward if you think your boss has become too much of a nuisance in your life. Bosses are Gurus of our lives in the real sense. But at times, the relationship turns sour when the boundaries are crossed. If your boss has been saying nasty things to you about your social media updates on Facebook or Instagram and how you should be available for his work even during break time and not check on your social media for some ME-time, then the time has come to put that boundary for your betterment.

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You can simply deactivate your social media profile for a while if you think your boss and all your co-worker friends are stalking you on the platform and wanting to know what you are doing in your vacation time or free time. Or you can post updates only that are visible to a certain number of people in your friend list, which need not include your co-workers or managers, or bosses. This way, you can avoid public-shaming of your posts if your boss does that frequently during meetings or break-timings.

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You can consider it to get you the freedom to do whatever you want on social media. I won't suggest you open a fake account for your social media addiction or leisure work but would make you understand that a lot of things can be avoided from being shared in public view on social media. For example, if you are liking posts of competitor companies or even of professionals who work in top positions of a different company, don't let your boss become insecure that you have plans to write a resignation letter soon.

Bosses can be dominant and insecure at many times. I have seen only bosses in my life who have achieved success with a lot of hard work and persistent efforts and that's why for them, playtime or vacation time doesn't come on their list. So, considering such a mindset of my bosses, I have always avoided my personal life achievements to be discussed or displayed in front of them. For example, if your company is going through severe losses, don't put up Europe vacation tour pictures on social media that your boss can access and frown upon you for the company's failure.

There has to be a balance in your personal and professional life. But if your boss doesn't know to draw that line between his personal life and profession, then chances are that he is setting an example of toxic work culture among his co-workers. So, don't expect him to understand you if you share a picture with your girlfriend outside a PVR theatre at a time when your boss is huddling to complete the pending work of the main client. You can have numerous reasons to take that much-needed break but your boss will literally not understand any of these things if his life is under fire, so better keep that distance on social media.