Your staff are important to you and your business which is stating the obvious else why would you employ them in the first place?

You may well spend many hours a day working in close proximity with your staff and you may well spend your break times at work together.

It is important that you treat your staff fairly and well but you must try to avoid becoming their friend and getting too involved in their private life and family matters because one day you may well have to make tough decisions about keeping them on and you don’t want your decisions to be clouded by sentiment or delayed because you felt sorry for them.

Being an employer is sometimes about making very tough decisions and getting too close to your staff can make those decision even tougher.