My boss at work...

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    Aug 20, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    Is it professional and managerial for a boss to play favorites openly and to claim your co-worker is their best-friend?
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    Aug 20, 2011 1:09 AM GMT
    No, not really!
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    Aug 20, 2011 1:11 AM GMT
    No different from openly admitting your co-worker is part of his/her family.
    Best friends are just like family to most people.
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    Aug 20, 2011 1:56 AM GMT
    No. And in most places in the United States that's usually grounds for some type of human resources grievance.
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    Aug 20, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    find a new job.
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    Aug 20, 2011 5:14 AM GMT
    He/she shouldn't play favourites HOWEVER wouldn't you rather know the context of the relationships between people in your office?

    eg. Last thing you'd want to do is bitch about your boss to his best friend (not that I'm suggesting you would/should bitch about anyone in your office). Knowing they're friends means you can avoid difficult circumstances.

    Knowledge is power.
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    Aug 20, 2011 5:31 AM GMT
    If you work for a small or family owned company or in a smaller town you might see this more. If you are in a corporate office in a larger city that shouldn't fly with too well with the other employees.
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    Aug 20, 2011 5:34 AM GMT
    One of my bosses was fired for hanging out with other employees at the gym after work. Pretty sure it's considered unacceptable.
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    Aug 20, 2011 12:11 PM GMT
    My Boss and I are friendly to one another but we do not go out and kick back on drink lol

    And he doesn't play favorites
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    Aug 20, 2011 12:20 PM GMT
    Gaydar saidOne of my bosses was fired for hanging out with other employees at the gym after work. Pretty sure it's considered unacceptable.


    That seems incredibly severe. Even the armed forces, who tend to discourage over-familiarity between juniors/seniors/officers are not that bad.

    Publicly expressing your preference for one subordinate over another is, however, extremely unprofessional.