Organizations function with diverse teams and employees and thus managers are challenged with effectively managing quality work and good relations with their team members.
Management styles vary from individual to individual and from scenario to scenario. Many bosses believe in maintaining friendly relations with their team members. Many theorists are also of the opinion that informal ties at the workplace help in promoting a conflict free environment. However, maintaining a friendly relationship has its boundaries that managers should be aware of.
Balancing a friendly and a professional relationship can be difficult and managers should learn from mistakes to maintain this delicate association. One common mistake is crossing the thin line between being friends with a person and being friendly with him/her. An excessively friendly attitude towards an employee or a group can create a perception of favoritism which can result in rifts. Also, the employee/group in question may also feel encouraged to capitalize on the informal relationship for professional advancement and growth. In some cases employee(s) may start taking the supervisor for granted and may use manipulation to get rid of work assignments.
A healthy manager-subordinate relationship could be tricky to manage but is not impossible. Managers have to establish professional relationships for organizational success which should not override formal hierarchies and requirements. Both the manager and the employee need to be respectful, reasonable and responsible towards this relationship. Pleasant yet professional relationships enable a healthy work environment.
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