I wanted to get more information about friends in the workplace from a previous podcast episode from a while back in which I am still struggling on.
I must say that I disagree right now with the no friends in the workplace policy for managers. I was reading some articles about the topic, and I am firmly rooted in the belief that managers need to show favoritism and friendship in the workplace.
I do agree with the premise presented, that it is reasonable within a mid-sized company, and especially a large company, that a manager's work, friend, and family time constraints do not allow a manager to meet with every direct.
However, I believe that in a small sized company a manager has the time to be friends with all the directs. I think this would foster a close-knit team that is dependable and successful. I also think this would keep a team together, especially in high turnover career fields, perhaps an example would be the film or software design industries.
If there can be more information about this topic either on another podcast or on the forums I would be really thrilled as I am still not convinced or feel that I have the entirety of the information understood.