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Should you have work friends?

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Should you have work friends?

If you have taken on a leadership role, should you be pally with your staff members? Of course, you want your peers to respect you and take you seriously within your organisation, but if you are seen to be joking around and taking part in the ‘office banter’ with colleagues you may lose credibility as a leader.

As a manager you need to ensure that you are maintaining a professional relationship at all times, however drawing the line between what is considered friendship and cordiality can be difficult to master.

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