The Potentially High Cost of Being Friends With the Boss


When the office knows who’s getting a bonus, managers favor other employees to avoid the appearance of bias

By

Heidi Mitchell

Friends with the boss? It turns out that might cost you.

Studies have shown that managers typically give preferential treatment to those who are close to them or share something in common, like a group identity.

But now researchers say there’s a situation where it’s bad to be the boss’s friend. When managers are handing out bonuses—and when…


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