The answer to this question seems straight-forward from a human resources perspective; it’s almost laughable to ask. But alas, outside of HR, this is a question that is often overlooked.
The best answer is no — you should not be friends with your boss in almost all situations. Even your weird situation you’re about to start explaining.
Before your outrage gets out of hand, let me be clear: being friends with your boss is quite different than being friendly with your boss. Your friends are people you can be uniquely you around. They like you just as you are and hopefully don’t judge you for that. Your friends don’t have enormous power and influence over your career trajectory, compensation or general work/life happiness.
Still not convinced being friends with your boss is a bad idea? Consider these four potential consequences:
1. Compensation Questions are Awkward
Asking for more money is difficult regardless of the situation. But when you’re friends with the person who controls the money, the awkward meter skyrockets for both of you.Read More›