Here is a Method for Managing Your Friends in the Workplace - Follow These 7 Simple Tips

Managing personal relationships when you are in a position of authority is a slippery slope. Showing too much or too little attention to acquaintances can quickly cause you to lose the respect of your other subordinates. To help you separate friendships and keep a healthy balance and remain professional, here are 7 quick and simple tips to help you.

By Andrew Rondeau

PAs & Secretaries - Managing Your Friends in the Workplace Are you a new manager? Have you been promoted recently? Are some of your staff also your friends? Do you know how easy it is to lose all respect when you show favouritism?

Managing employees at the workplace can be a challenging process. But what do you do when you are suddenly promoted and some of the employees you are managing are also your friends?

Here are 7 quick tips that will help you manoeuvre your way around this potential minefield:

1. Lay down the ground rules right from the start. Speak to each one of your friends privately and inform them that friends or not, business is still business. Inform them you expect them to continue to work, as they have been; professional at all times. Keep your tone pleasant but firm, and let them know that they are still required to follow the rules just like everybody else.

2. Treat your friends the same as the other employees. No better, no worse. If you don't, the other employees will take notice that you're showing favouritism and you will quickly lose their respect.

3. Don't have lunch or take breaks with your friends too often, unless other employees are also included in the group. Remember, people are watching and appearances are everything. Others will think you are sharing confidential 'secrets' and company knowledge.

4. When evaluating your friends for raises and/or promotions, make sure the aforementioned raises and promotions are warranted and based solely on job performance, not friendship.

5. Do not discuss other employee's behaviour or performance with your friends at any time.

6. Outside of the workplace, do not discuss job-related issues with your friends.

7. At office parties, celebrations, etc., be aware of seating assignments. Do not associate solely with your friends. Again, make sure other employees are included in the group.

As you can see, managing your friends can be quite a balancing act. However, remember to treat all employees equally and you will be respected.

Andrew Rondeau transformed himself from a $4 an-hour petrol-pump attendant to a highly successful Senior Manager earning $500k every year.

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