While workplace etiquette should be common sense, in today’s modern work environment a casual work culture might promote a casual management style. How people interact with each other seems less formal than it used to be, which can lull people into forgetting etiquette altogether. As a manager, you may be able to bend the rules some of the time, like showing up to a meeting a few minutes late, or answering a text during a meeting. But how would you like it if your employees did the same things? What if it was reversed and an employee decided to step out mid-meeting to grab a drink or refill their coffee?
An employee invites you and a bunch of co-workers to a backyard barbeque party at their place this weekend. It’s intended to be a night of food, drinks, and fun. As a manager, should you go?
You’ve probably thought about or encountered situations like this before and are unsure about what role you should play outside of the office. On the one hand, getting together with employees after work is a great way to socialize and increase team morale, which can translate into greater communication and trust in the workplace. On the other hand, attending social functions and developing personal relationships with your subordinates can sometimes make your management role become unclear if the lines between the workplace and everyday life begin to blur together.
Topics: manager employee relations
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