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Manage a former coworker

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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.”

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