Happening on TLNT: Can Managers and Direct Reports Be Friends?

“The average person spends 8.5 hours per day at work. That means you spend about one-third of your life working and likely spend more time interacting with your boss than you do with family or friends,” writes management and leadership consultant Dr. Phillip T. Meade. “Additionally, when companies promote from within, peer-to-peer relationships suddenly morph into manager-to-employee relationships.”

Meade goes on to say that it’s only it’s only natural to see friendships developing between managers and employees who share the same daily experiences.

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Which begs a question you’ve no doubt heard before: Can managers and their direct reports be friends? Head over to TLNT to read “The Eternal Question: Can a Manager and an Employee Be Friends?”

Vadim Liberman is editor of ERE.net and TLNT (the devil wears TJ Maxx) — a workplace renegade advancing how we think, work, and live. He has previously worked as a strategy consultant to HR and recruiting tech companies at The Starr Conspiracy, as a talent management professional at Prudential, and as senior editor of The Conference Board Review, a magazine for business leaders. Vadim loves to talk about all things HR, talent acquisition, and Bravo TV shows. Bring it!