Working a 9-to-5 job may be hard enough but what’s harder is when you start working for a newly promoted best friend, who becomes your boss
The black cloud that is recession has been thundering over the corporate sector for quite some time now. The number of people losing their jobs has been on a constant rise with close to 2,000 people being fired at HSBC, Hyderabad, over the past one year alone. While the word “recession” or “economic turndown” are used in conjunction with anyone being laid off, company being downsized, or simply fired, it becomes easier for employers to let go of someone, blaming it all on the economy.
If you haven’t realised this yet, bosses are quite disposable. When companies are downsized, they usually replace the boss that has been fired with someone who can get two jobs done at the price of one. Who says no to a promotion anyway? Besides, these days, the title is as valuable as money. So, what happens when the guy who is promoted happens to be your best friend? Perhaps, he/she is your equal at work and reporting to them might put a huge emotional speed bump in your relationship. However, Madiha Ali, an employee at The Fuller Life, Bengaluru believes that proper communication between the two may ease the transition.
“If you know that during your reviews, there is a chance that your friend at work may receive a better promotion, then you and her need to have talked about the change even before it happened in order to avoid bitterness later on. Both of you need to bank on the honesty that you share on a personal level. Be open about it, even if you disagree, know where to draw the line in the manner in which you follow or take orders,” she says.
Learning to separate personal emotions from your professional life can be extremely difficult, especially if your boss is your best friend and you didn’t meet him at work. DJ Jack Jigg feels that when your friend becomes your boss, it can leave you with two feelings — financially vulnerability and a misplaced sense of belonging when making important decisions together. “A friend of mine and I set up a firm together. I found majority of the clients and since it was his space that he had rented out for the office, it was unquestionable that the chair would be his too. He signed the cheques and called the shots and so it didn’t really work out between us because instead of working together, he wanted me to work for him,” explains Jack.
Like all positions, yours relies heavily upon professionalism and a positive disposition. It’s almost oxymoronic to check your ego and competitiveness at the door, in a corporate environment. “Franky speaking, I will be really happy for my friend but then a big part of my ego would eventually creep in had I been eyeing the promotion and working towards getting it. With the kind of friends that I have at work, I know for a fact that nothing will change between us even if one of us got promoted,” says Manu Mohan, an IT professional from Chennai.
As long as you approach things with your professional hat on, things will still be the same, both on the personal as well as the professional front.
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