Managing work and friendship is one of the toughest things to do. More often than not, the two relationships will conflict. This most probably because the boundary between the two is very likely to diminish over time especially in workplaces where teamwork is critical. In this post, I will be sharing my experience and way of managing work and friendship.
Working with friends is all good as long as no one signs the other’s paycheck. Money is a good thing but it is also a major source, apart from love, of some of the greatest vices. I have seen some of the greatest successes compromised by paychecks. This is likely to change even the strongest friendships.
Does this mean that I don’t work with friends? No, I do. But I make sure that I define the rules of engagement. I define my friendship and the boundaries between my colleagues and i. I make sure that I do not compromise our respect through working together.
If you sign my paychecks, I rarely hang out with you. I make sure that we have client-employee relationships. I maintain high levels of respect where professionalism is concerned. This means that we are rarely in an environment that would compromise our working relationship. We are friends/family but I keep y distance.
This makes sure that our mutual professional respect and probably admiration last longer than our friendship ever would. We remain friends but I keep our closeness at arm’s length. This has worked so well for me that I thought it better to share.
You see, people charge clients differently for different tasks. The agreement between the employer and the client is often different from that of the employer and the employee. At times employers charge clients higher rates. On the other hand, employees receive payment depending on the standard agreement.
Close friendships often mean disclosing this information. Often, this information should not be disclosed to keep the working relationship healthy. What do I mean? I mean that as an employer, you need to keep your employees at arm’s length and as an employee, you also need to keep your employers at arm’s length.
This way, you will keep your work and friendship intact with few or no problems compromising your professional personality. This applies when one or more people in your circle signs your checks.
I stand to be corrected but this has been my experience in my professional years. Kindly share your thoughts in the comment section.
Till next time, Adios.