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Can You Be a Friend and Still Be The Boss?
Posted by Insightlink on 04/04/18
While it’s essential to build solid bonds with your team, defining areas of respect, authority and productivity can be challenging when navigating the line between boss and friend. Instant Offices looks into the implications and shares some tips on how to be a boss and a friend.
The modern workplace is vastly different to what it used to be. Today it’s not uncommon for the founder of a start-up to be younger than some of the team members he or she manages. Job promotions can place one peer in charge of their friends. The CEO of a small business may find the process of upscaling a challenge as roles become more formalised and the business becomes more serious.
Support: A mutual friendship makes it easier to ask for help, can increase knowledge sharing and improve confidence.
Better communication: Maintaining communication within a friendship can translate into better communication professionally too.
Happiness: Being friends and forming bonds with employees enables you to speak freely, share frustrations and successes, and generally increase feelings of happiness.
Despite these benefits, transitioning from friend to boss still brings about changes in the relationship that need to be acknowledged by both parties.
Taking sides: Jumping to the defence of a friend is easy to do, but as the boss, it’s your responsibility to be as impartial as possible and look at the whole picture before making decisions.
Resentment: Other colleagues may find it hard to respect your new position and test the boundaries. It’s important to communicate and ensure you both know what the boundaries are.
Oversharing: As the boss, you should be able to speak freely and share frustrations with friends but beware of oversharing sensitive company information. Employees don’t need to know every problem the company experiences.
Blaming: Having a friend you can trust at work is great for support, but don’t take frustrations out on them in the hopes that they can take it better than the employees you aren’t as close with.
Exhaustion: it can become emotionally draining to maintain the care-free friend persona while juggling stress, other work relationships and valuable business goals.
10 Ways to Be the Boss and a Friend
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