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Management

  • Q&A: Friendships with Subordinates at Work: 17 Jun 2012, Question 2
  • Question: Is it wrong to be friends with subordinates at work? Work is a place where you have a certain contractual and moral obligation to the company you work for to put the company's interests ahead. With workplace friendships, particularly with subordinates, this can lead to problematic situations, particularly in maintaining a sense of objectivity both to yourself and among your peers and subordinates. There are also problems with the friendship itself; items that you are not supposed to share with subordinates and big events in your friend's life (looking for another job, for example) that either put you in a rough situation or have to be left out of the friendship entirely. Is being friends with someone who is subordinate to you at work practical or moral?

    Tags: Business, Ethics, Friendship, Management, Work

  • Interview: Santiago Valenzuela on Communication in Management: 6 Jun 2012
  • Summary: In the workplace, the quality and quantity of communication between a manager and his directs hugely influences productivity. How can that communication be improved?

    Tags: Business, Communication, Leadership, Management, Work


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