Nowhere is consistency more important than when managing an employee who was once a colleague. If you’ve been promoted above a former coworker, remember:
- Avoid any appearance of favoritism. Nothing can destroy morale faster. If your former colleague is causing a problem, consider how his or her coworkers will regard him or her if you fail to take the same action you would with anyone else.
- Head off problems before they arise. You can keep your friendship an asset if you have an early conversation with your ex-colleague. Example: “I don’t want our friendship to interfere with our ability to work together. I hope that if either of us has a problem, we can discuss it frankly.”