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The ethics of workplace friendships

Thursday 28 October, 2021
by The BFSO

You’re the HR Manager of a regional bank with a number of branches in country Victoria. Friendships amongst employees in the organisation is inevitable given its size and most of them being locals in their communities.  

It’s one week out from Christmas closure and under strict confidentiality, head office has advised you of upcoming redundancies in the first quarter of next year. 

One of the branch tellers in your community – and a good friend – has come to you saying she’s heard rumours there will be a number of people in the organisation losing their jobs soon and is this true? You are aware her and her partner are going through the pre-approval process to buy their first home and can understand her wanting to know the truth. 

What would you do?

  • Where do your loyalties lie and what values are being tested?
  • What are your duties and obligations in this instance?

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Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash

Republished from 16 December 2020


There are 1 comments for The ethics of workplace friendships.

Re: The ethics of workplace friendships… what would you do?

Thursday 17 December, 2020
by Chris
Tell my friend that if they have concerns about redundancies that they contact the appropriate people - whether their manager or HR manager.

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