Column by Janine Popick, Inc.com "Women in Business"
Put up boundaries before your friends get too cozy being the boss's buddy.
Have you ever hired a friend? Someone you may have worked with in the past? We all do it, and for good reason: We trust them and we think they'll do a good job. Otherwise we wouldn't do it, right?
Then a great thing happens. Your company grows and you find yourself working with new people you don't have a previous relationship with... a sign of good times! But what happens when your relationship with your "Friend from the Past" (FFTP) changes from business to personal, and they don't follow?
Have any of these scenarios ever happen to you?
What makes an FFTP think he/she can skate smoothly over the lines of business and make it personal?
People always want to feel important and if they can represent themselves that way because of a personal connection with you, you bet they will. In my experience, it's a rare occasion that they don't, especially when they can get something out of it that will help them in one way or another.
What do you do?
I've worked with friends in the past, sometimes with great success, and other times not so much. What I have learned (the hard way) is to put up boundaries when it relates to business — and do it quickly.
Am I saying don't have personal relationships with those you work with? Absolutely not. Some of my best friends are people I work with today. They realize that business is business.
That's why they're friends for life.