Pros And Cons Of Having An Old Friend As Your Boss

Does it really become easier at work that way?

 
Pros And Cons Of Having An Old Friend As Your Boss
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‘Boss’ is a scary word, isn’t it? It’s like a nightmare to so many of us. But, sometimes, bosses could be friendly too. Don’t you believe me? Well, what if, the boss you’re working for was your friend at some time in your life? Or is your good friend even now? That doesn’t sound too scary, or does it? Well, that depends. A good friend wouldn’t even make you feel inferior. But, if your friend is a little strict, you might have to reconsider that friendship at your workplace. Let’s tally the pros and cons of having an old friend as your boss:

PROS Of Having A Boss Who’s An Old Friend

Your office might become the best place to work in, with the boss as your good friend
Your office might become the best place to work in, with the boss as your good friend

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  • You’ll have the best rapport with your boss, since probably you’ve even seen them in their diapers! Yes, if the boss is an old friend, or maybe, a childhood friend, and a good one at that, you literally have a friend at work from the first day itself.
  • Loneliness cannot touch you at work because you’re friends with the boss. If you ever feel alone, walk up to their cabin and finish a bag full of chips. Yes, it’s that easy with a friend!
  • You’re the star of among all the employees, if the boss favours you, which he/she might do, as a friend. Other employees would be willing to interact with you, even if you sound unbothered and boring. It’s a win-win for you always.
  • Favouritism might prevail and you’ll be at the receiving end. Isn’t it the best thing ever? To be preferred by the boss itself?

CONS Of Being Good Friends With Your Boss

You may become the point of gossip in office, as being a favourite with the boss
You may become the point of gossip in office, as being a favourite with the boss

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  • Since the boss knows you, he’d expect more from you than from the other employees, which in a way might just be tiring for you.
  • Your boss’s constant preference for you might be annoying for the other employees. You might be hated for that very reason, in turn, making you lonely at work. Not always can your boss cum friend comfort you at work.
  • Your boss cum friend might treat you as an inferior which would eventually be strenuous for your friendship. Do you want that? Definitely not, I presume.
  • Your boss might be possessive about you since he/she has been friends with you since ages. That wouldn’t let you mix around with other employees.

There is nothing called good friendship unless tested. So, whether you and your friend can catch up well with the pros and cons of the relationship is totally up to you. Meanwhile, make sure you don’t mess up the friendship for the sake of your job. After all, all we needs are friends!