How to Balance Being a Friend and a Boss

Navigating the line between friend and boss can be a tricky one, especially for a microbusiness owner. When you have 20 or fewer employees, you work closely and rely on them all. You want to create a working environment they want to come back to everyday, and a job where they feel engaged. But it’s a problem when “…the employee starts to drive policy, versus receiving the policy from the employer.”

Sharon DeLay is the President and Owner of GO-HR. She speaks to host Mary McCarthy about problems she sees her clients’ experience, and how to prevent them. There is a big difference between being the Employee Friend and a Friendly Employer.

“One of the things we always talk about with our employers is, ‘Can you scale this behavior up?’ Is the behavior you are allowing with one employee going to be okay if you have five employees? Seven employees? 10 employees? And if you can’t answer ‘yes’ without hesitation, then you know it’s not a good behavior.” – Sharon DeLay

What You Will Learn:

  • The difference between being the Employer Friend and a Friendly Employer
  • Mary and Sharon’s stories about relating to employees
  • Common issues where small business owners get into trouble, because they are treating the employee like a friend, and not an employee

Sharon DeLay
4889 Sinclair Road, Suite 103
Columbus, Ohio 43229
P (614) 473-0122

About the Host:                                                                                                                                Mary McCarthy                                                                                                                               Host, The Successful Micropreneur Podcast                                                                           President of Your Management Team, Inc.                                                          Co-Founder of the Women’s Small Business Accelerator, Inc.


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