Be Friendly to Employees (But Don’t Become Friends)

by Evil HR Lady on May 14, 2018

We spend more time at work than we do with our friends — and often more time with them than we do with our families. As such, making friends at work seems like the natural thing to do. You get to know how your employees like their coffee, their favorite movies, and their family drama. It makes sense that you would call them your friends.

With your peers there’s no reason not to — it’s awesome. But with your direct reports, it’s a terrible idea.

The Pesky Issue of Power Dynamics

Friends are great, and research shows you should work hard to gain friends. But, the problem is that the manager/employee relationship isn’t an equal one. When you have hire/fire authority over someone, you’ve got to worry about a balance of power.

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