This guidance describes what a professional manager's role and limits are when it comes to being friends with our directs.

Can I be friends with my directs? We get this question all the time. It's a GREAT question, with the changes in workplace culture and sensibilities over the past 30 years. There's also it's companion follow up question, can I drink with my direct/friend?

And the answers are no, and sort of yes, but really no, too, depending. Surprised to hear that imbibing alcohol with your directs is potentially okay? Because it can be... until it isn't. And that depends on you.

Shall we clear all this up?

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  • Why can't I be friends with my direct?
  • Can I drink with my directs?
  • Does this apply to all my directs?

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