You are a kind person and everyone wants to be your friend. However mixing business and pleasure is very dangerous. When that client starts texting you at 10pm, sharing personal stories, or expects you to be there for them at their beckoning call, it can get risky.
Maintaining professional boundaries while working with business people is essential. It can improve business processes, strategies, and preventing friendship or business fall outs. Right now, your priority is maintaining clients and customers and having them repeat their business with you.
Here are some tips to help keep the relationship strictly professional:
Set clear expectations: Establish the purpose and goals of your interactions from the beginning to avoid blurring lines.
Maintain professional demeanor: Remain focused on business matters and avoid personal discussions or excessive socializing.
Respect personal boundaries: Avoid prying into personal lives and maintain a professional distance in your interactions.
Communicate formally: Use formal modes of communication like emails or professional messaging platforms instead of casual social media platforms.
Stick to business-related topics: Keep discussions centered around work-related matters and avoid getting too personal or casual in conversations.
Stay neutral and impartial: Treat all business people equally, avoiding favoritism or excessive personal involvement.
Limit social interactions: Minimize non-work-related socializing and keep social engagements outside of business hours.
Focus on professionalism: Prioritize professionalism in all aspects, including attire, language, and conduct during business interactions.
Remember, it's crucial to build respectful and cordial relationships with colleagues, but maintaining a clear boundary between friendship and business relationships is essential for a healthy work environment.
These tips are very helpful in creating the kind of relationship necessary, but in addition to these, it is important that the CEO has certain roles and a Project Manager manages how often clients meet with the face of the company.
For this reason, we are excited to introduce our project manager, Mariyam Quaisar. She is a rising senior at Emerson College in Boston, completing a dual degree in Business and Journalism with a minor in sociology. She loves to walk around the city and take in the sights, is an avid reader, and enjoys spending time with the people who matter the most to her. She hopes to one day work in the marketing field, bringing together her two passions of writing and business. Currently, she manages LSP's internal and external communication.
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