When you have a bad day, when good things happen, or when you are stressed…having friends at work is key to job satisfaction, managing stress, and staying connected to your work.

“Friendships create a foundation through which we can develop social skills, advance our careers…and enjoy compassion and support."

Psychology Today

But when you are the leader of a team, managing friendships at work can feel tricky. Especially when those friendships involve people you manage.

We spoke with real managers who have gone through this experience. They shared some tips on how to go into your friendships with confidence, and without losing your ability to fully develop as a leader at the same time.

Since some of these people still work with their current friends and managers, they asked to remain anonymous.

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