Don't mix business with friendship

04/13/2005 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Friendship in the workplace can become a tricky situation, because the focus at work should be the job first, says the author of "Who's That Sitting At My Desk? How to Succeed by Mastering Work Relationships." Occasionally very close friendships can survive the demands of the workplace, as evidenced by Oprah Winfrey and her best friend and magazine editor Gayle King. But in general, there are seven issues that colleagues should never discuss at work.

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