When it comes to managing your staff, can you be their Manager as well as their friend?

This is a question that perplexes many managers, especially if you used to party with your team before you became their boss. The biggest influence on an employee’s performance is their relationship with their direct manager, so we want to have good relationships with our team, but can that extend to hanging over a bar with them at 3am on a Saturday night?

If you’ve partied with your staff and they’ve seen a more ‘colourful’ you, will they still respect you Monday morning? This issue can be fraught with problems so listen in as we dive deeper into where the boundaries lie.