A lot has been said from every part of the world about making friends and the importance of friendship however one should remain cautious while finding them in the organization that has employed him or her. Finding friends in the office is never a recommended choice. Here’s a look at how it can harm you:
Johnny’s boss called him up and said “Congratulations buddy! Your request for relocation has been approved, but do not disclose this to the others till you receive an official mail”. Johnny was more than happy and he couldn’t resist telling this to his fellow colleague whomhe considered his friend. He informed the colleague not to reveal this to any other person.
The next day everyone in the office was discussing about his promotion. Johnny was surprised and the boss was annoyed. This was not what Johnny had expected. This example was just to demonstrate however the things may go worse at more confidential information. Moreover there are instances when the colleagues use the information to make fun of each other.
It is important to understand that everyone in the organization is therefor him. The performance criteria are not based upon the friendship levels but the target achievements. Avoid sharing private information with those colleagues sharing the same targets and the same department. It has been observed several times that the other one gets closer to the boss and the sincere people suffer.
Make acquaintances with everyone as this would help in performing better in the industry but do not share what you consider as secret of your department or your personal secret. Reveal only that much part that you want to take ahead or that won’t harm you. Think before you speak.
If there is someone in your department that was friends with you during the college days think before you trust him. Avoid getting too close with that person as well. This may feel very insecure at the beginning but once you develop the sense of organizational behaviour you will understand why and how to behave this way.