Some employers discourage work-related socializing because they think it’s a waste of time. In companies where staff are encouraged to communicate with everyone and share ideas, you’ll see a lot of friendships develop across hierarchies. It’s less common in organizations that focus on structure and job titles. Be mindful of the ties you form. You can have a lot of connections, but only a handful of them will be particularly valuable. It may be better to develop a smaller set of strong ties. The stronger the relationship, the more value it will yield.

In an age where people are driven both by career and personal well being, striking a healthy balance in relationships at work has never been more essential. Just as companies want to encourage productivity and success, they also rightly want to prevent inappropriate behavior. Harassment, favoritism, abuse of authority, and conflicts of interest are examples of downsides that can stem from close social rapport between coworkers. One of the main concern’s employees worry about when it comes to witnessing a close relationship between other coworkers is hearsay. Your coworkers might wonder if you are talking behind people’s backs.

You have to share some personal information to make friends, but you should proceed with more caution than you would for non-work friendships. Remember to always keep it professional and respectful. Even in laid-back office settings, or workplaces where your manager is the same age as you, at the end of the day, your boss is your boss and is in charge of your reviews—and ultimately, whether or not you have a job.

Work Place Friendships Rules
Work Place Friendships Rules

 

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