Work Friendships Are Complicated
Work friendships are often complicated with competing personal and professional needs.
We need to recognize the signs when they become toxic so that we can limit our contact or set stronger boundaries.
Work friendships can be complicated with competing personal versus professional needs and boundaries.
Noticing when work friendships become toxic let us know when to limit our contact or create stronger boundaries.
1. Conflicting Expectations:
When we're expected to favor our work friend even when it's not warranted or in opposition to our job
2. Toxic Qualities:
When our work friend is mean, vindictive, manipulative, spreads gossip or we fear for our own safety
3. Betrays Our Trust:
When they share our private information about us or get in the way of work opportunities
4. They're a Bad Influence:
When they bring out the worst in us, even if we're ultimately responsible for our own behaviors
5. They're Too Negative:
When they're too negative, bring us down, or drain us of energy too much of the time