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Why Bosses and Employees Should Never Be Friends

Whether you’re a seasoned manager or newly promoted, the boss/buddy line can be hard to detect. Of course you want to be liked by your employees, and striking the right interpersonal chord is important for everyone’s fulfillment. But being too friendly can erode your authority.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, workplace experts help clear up some murky waters when it comes to drawing the line between the personal and professional.  Here’s an excerpt:

1. Remember Who’s The Boss
“Attempting to be friends with your employees makes providing feedback and performance appraisals difficult and puts you at risk for claims of favoritism,” said Devora Zack, CEO of Only Connect Consulting, Inc. and author of Managing for People Who Hate Managing. “Your team needs a leader, not a buddy,” she said. “In the end, they’ll like you more when you focus less on being liked and more on offering guidance and support.”

For more, read How to Stay on the Right Side of the Boss/Buddy Line. [subscription required]

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4 Tips for Improving Employee Happiness

Managers might think that all employees ever want is a pay raise, but did you know there are ways to improve office happiness beyond raises and promotions? In the latest Mediabistro feature, workplace experts weigh in on the ways you can boost morale, loyalty and productivity without breaking the bank. Below, an excerpt:

1. Appreciation
When it comes to what employees want from a boss, appreciation is number one. Leadership consultant Roxana Hewertson, CEO of the Highland Consulting Group, says appreciation drives self-esteem, happiness and loyalty. “The number one difference between people who love their work and people who don’t is the degree of appreciation they receive from their boss and their peers,” said Hewertson.

But don’t just take her word for it. Get more tips in What Employees Really Want From Their Bosses (Besides a Raise). [subscription required]

7 Ways to Keep Your Boss Happy

If you think you’re a star employee because you can tick off all the responsibilities in your job description, think again. Your goal should really be to keep your boss happy, otherwise known as “managing up.”

In the latest Mediabistro feature, workplace experts tell the best ways to communicate with your higher ups and project efficiency and smarts.

No. 4: Keep your manager in the loop.

How do you keep from sharing too much or too often with your manager? Christina T. Schlachter, author of Leading Business Change for Dummies and CEO of the consultancy SheLeads, says it pays to just ask. “Take the lead in determining communication. Don’t wait for your boss to do it. Ask your manager how often he or she wants to hear from you and in what form.”

For more tips, read Managing Up: 7 Ways to Keep the Boss Happy. [subscription required]