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Nothing Personal, Just Business: Can Your Boss Be Your Friend?


By Melainne Chiew

“Friends” – it seems harmless enough. Usually, it’s two (or more) individuals searching for that quaint connection, or some company to while away another lonely, loveless Friday night.

But what if that “friend” is your boss?

While statistics show a considerable amount of reservation that an office worker would have toward a boss-subordinate relationship, numerous studies show that even being friends is considered a taboo. According to MSN-Zogby, only 14% of the people polled consider their boss a personal friend.

So where is the line eventually drawn between a manager and his or her employees?

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