As managers, we employ others to help us get things done.
That might seem like stating the bleeding obvious, but it does surprise us how often we see managers putting up barriers to getting things done. One such barrier is the idea that your work colleagues can't be your friends.
Especially when we first become a manager, we may feel the need to distance ourselves from our former colleagues. Now that we're the boss, we have to put our responsibilities ahead of our mates, don't we?
Change Agents, let's take that on!
We all spend a big chunk of our life at work so it's worthwhile to consider the quality of that experience. For ourselves, and those with whom we share our work-space.
WHY WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE FRIENDSHIPS AT WORK
Do you have other points to add to this list? Why not discuss your ideas with your friends?
If you're the manager of a team, then we ask, "what are you doing to build the friendships between the members of your team?"
If you're serious about productivity, then it is a lot easier to get things done through people who are friends with you and each other than it is to get things done through people who are defensive, wary, unwilling to share, or who feel unsafe to collaborate.
Building friendships is a far more powerful contributor to productivity than creating fear; and it is a much more natural, engaging, and enjoyable way to work.