Can I fire my best friend without ruining our relationship?

What you need to know:

  • As a manager, you cannot satisfy or please everyone.

  • However, you can treat staff the same way you expect your supervisor to treat you. 

  • Be fair but firm, and treat your subordinates with respect.

Q: I have been working in the same organisation for three years, and I recently got a promotion. I have close friends at work, and our relationship flourished even after my promotion. However, my seniors have asked me to fire one of them since she is not meeting her objectives. How do I go about this bearing in mind that I don’t want to lose her friendship?


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