I’m sure you have encountered those people who you wonder if they have any social skills whatsoever. I used to work with a guy who would walk in to any conversation between people and just start talking about his topic. No waiting, no gentle interruption – he just walked in and started firing away. Totally annoying.
In that light comes this article from CNNMoney.com. The pull quote from the Q & A article:
For one, my old boss, who laid me off from my last job with no warning (and no severance pay), has sent me a friend request.
That is some hubris on the boss’ part. However, I have to agree with the suggestion made by the author:
Indeed, even if your old boss did you wrong, he was just doing the company’s dirty work, and now apparently wants to keep in touch. Why not take him up on it? The same goes for your other professional acquaintances. You never know who might be in a position to help your career a year, or five years, from now.
The times they are a changin’, aren’t they? Who would of thought of such complicated work questions just 10 years ago?