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My boss has asked us to update our LinkedIn profile to the company I work in right now by end of this week. Does my boss have a say in my LinkedIn profile? I don't want to update my profile becuase of some reasons.

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Your employer absolutely cannot dictate what you put on your personal LinkedIn

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There's nothing wrong with your boss asking, but they cannot require it. At my agency we asked some of the more senior folks to update their profiles as they are very visible in the new business process, but it's only a request as those are their personal profiles.

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Are you ashamed of where you work?

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Nope, not the point.

Absolutely do not update your profile. No reason needs to be given.

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They can 100% ask you to make a change but you have no expectation to listen to them. And they can’t retaliate against you if you don’t. The question I have is why you wouldn’t list your employer on LinkedIn to begin with? Not judging but it is an interesting choice.

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When a senior colleague or a boss “asks”, it places undue pressure on a junior team member. There’s an implicit command expressed there, regardless of whether there’s an obligation to comply. And I would question the ask here, why ask that of any employee? To showcase your team? Invest in appropriate and creative marketing efforts to do that for your business, don’t bully your employees into doing it for you. When they do it without asking, it would be earned - just like good PR :)

Maybe you could delete it or ramp up the privacy settings to strictly control who sees it?

I try not to delete the account as I do have some valuable connection inside, though admittedly I don't really check on my LinkedIn for a while. Maybe the only thing I can do is to block my boss from snooping my profile and then unblock her once I leave the company

Are you saying your boss is asking you to update your profile so it includes your current workplace or asking you to change the name of your current workplace?

Sorry I misread your response. She specifically wants us to add the company name in our LinkedIn profile

I’m guessing your agency is on the smaller size and they want their LinkedIn biz page to show more than 6 people working there.

Hahaha. We are just an 18-man outfit. You read my boss' mind.

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