How to Deal With a Coworker Who Wants to Be Your Best Friend (EP064)

How do you deal with a coworker who wants to be your best friend? How do you set boundaries with a colleague in the workplace who wants to be your best friend?

The reality is, coworkers are not your friends. I know it sounds harsh. But you shouldn’t be “best friends” with your coworkers in the workplace. 

When you are best friends with your coworkers it muddies your professional relationship with them and can sometimes damage your reputation too.

Being best friends with your coworkers can:

  • Prevent you from setting clear boundaries.
  • Make you look unprofessional in the eyes of other coworkers (or your boss).
  • Prevent you from getting your work done.

There are probably more reasons as to why you shouldn’t be best friends with your coworkers, but these are three that I touch on in this week’s podcast episode.

Of course, it’s important to maintain a positive working relationship with all of your coworkers. And I encourage you to do that. But sometimes the relationship gets too intense.

Sometimes it becomes problematic for you. It can begin to distract you from your work and damage your reputation around the office.

I know you’ve worked hard to get where you are in your career. To avoid these negative consequences, I’ve outlined 5 ways you can deal with a coworker who wants to be your friend in this week’s podcast episode and YouTube video.

These strategies are practical and will definitely help you establish a professional relationship with people.

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About Kara

Kara Ronin is the founder of Executive Impressions. She is an executive coach who specialises in leadership presence, social skills and business etiquette. She is also the creator of Bestselling Udemy course, Business Etiquette 101. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Muse, The Local France, The West Australian, and more. Kara works regularly with lawyers, investment bankers, and finance professionals to help them build presence, authority and influence in business. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox