Tuesday October 13, 2015

Good or Bad: Should we be wary of work friends?

Are you a fan of workplace friendships? Or would you rather blow off your chatty colleagues?

Are you a fan of workplace friendships? Or would you rather blow off your chatty colleagues? (Parks and Recreation/NBC)

Listen 17:41

In this week's lighthearted Good or Bad debate, we explore the difference between friendly colleagues and colleagues that become friends. Should your work pals be privy to your secrets and after-hour shenanigans? Or should you keep your private and professional lives compartmentalized?

For insight, Shad checks in with two debaters: 

  • Humourist Henry Alford, who writes about modern manners for the New York Times, says friends and colleagues are different beasts. 
  • Freelance writer and Workopolis employee Elizabeth Bromstein says friendships can flourish under harsh office lighting. 

As always, we're asking you to unapologetically pick a side. Send us your opinions and anecdotes — we may end up reading them on air.