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How to interact with subordinates outside of work

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SocializingWhen you’re spending a good part of each day with the same people and working toward common goals, establishing positive relationships raises morale and makes time pass more pleasantly. But should these friendships continue beyond the office when you’re the boss?

The answer will differ by individual. Some leaders strictly separate professional and personal spheres, while others don’t see a problem merging the two. (And, of course, there’s a whole lot of middle ground.)

To help make decisions about how close to get to employees, consider the following:

Social outings

The gang invites you along to happy hour after work on Friday. A few guys are catching a baseball game on Saturday and ask you to join. You just installed a backyard pool and are toying with the idea of hosting a BBQ that includes team members. How can you figure out what to do?

• Judge your comfort level. Some managers truly enjoy interacting in a casual setting...(register to read more)

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