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5 Tips for Making Office Friendships Work

5 Tips for Making Office Friendships Work

Cheri Swales | Monster Contributing Writer

November 16, 2009

3. Be Fair to All Your Subordinates

Don’t totally deprive your friend of promotions just because of your friendship. If your friend is the most qualified, give him the big project. If your friend is equally qualified with others in the group, alternate who gets the big project. Do yourself a favor: If you think you will be biased, ask someone else to make the final decision for you.

4. Manage Your Own Credibility

If it is known in your organization that you are close friends with a particular coworker, you may be overlooked for additional promotions, because it could be feared that you would divulge confidences to your friend. Be careful not to let your close friendships show at work.

5. Build New Friendships Outside of the Company

You don’t have to disown your friends at work, but it is a good idea to develop other friendships outside the company. When you need a person to be a sounding board or to fine-tune your own style, it is better to confide in a friend who is not personally interested in the company.

How Can You Keep Your Distance at Work?

While there’s evidence that workplace friendships can have a positive effect, do you really need to have your best friend working beside you all day long?

If you have developed friendships at work, make it a practice to avoid wild parties and constant happy hours with the gang. Go have a drink to show you are part of the team, and then make a quick exit.

Finally, find yourself a mentor within the company. Typically, a mentor is someone who is older and wiser — someone who can show you the ropes. Developing such a relationship can help you avoid spending too much time with your friends. This relationship also will help your career. Then, if you’re lucky, your mentor will become a lifelong friend, too.

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