The Company is Not a Family

I’ve read from The Dilbert Principle that a company, contrary to what some bosses try to impress upon their employees, is not a family. I see this in real life too. For one, a family does not kick a member out for breaking the Rules or because there is not enough food on the table. As long as the erring member seeks forgiveness it is almost always granted, and no matter how scarce the resources are, everyone gets to eat. So to those who have fallen for this management lie that you are a family, wake up and get real. You are only headed for a big disappointment.

Well considering that a lot of us spend most of our waking hours with our co-workers, I guess we sometimes do experience brotherly/sisterly bonding with them, and friendships like this often approach the level of family love. That is definitely true. Among co-employees, that is – not with the bosses. And perhaps the biggest mistake of it all is to develop a parental transference with your boss. (I guess it would be better to treat your boss like a god than a parent if you want your career to grow.)

Now speaking of bosses, perhaps a lot of you already learned from Digg.com why you should never have your boss in Facebook:

Ah, so it seems that aside from treating your boss like a parent, it also isn’t a good idea to even consider them a friend. Or a Facebook friend.

The boss is the boss – not a parent, not a friend – and if one feels a warm kinship with them especially after work, one must never presume that the gap is already gone.

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