Professionalism and being friendly! Does size matter?
I was talking to a friend of mine in Scotland. She had just returned from a class on professionalism.
She works for a very small business, less than 10 people.
She pondered a great question by one of her colleagues:
“You should be friendly to the people you work with but NOT be friends. The relationship should be professional and nothing else EVER.”
It is a great question. We have all been subjected to those moments when we have felt excluded when co-workers develop friendships that make us uncomfortable.
However is there an argument for that being a crazy expectation when we work for very small organizations when creating a “family environment” really fosters friendships?
Let’s have your thoughts on this one!