Making 2 meals out of 1.
As managers we are taught to “be friendly, but not friends”. And, this is very wise advice. At its core, it means to be nice and be kind to your employees. It also means it is okay to consider them holistically as an individual person, to know the goals and challenges in their lives. This information allows you insight into them that will enable you to get the most out of her or him and help them get the most out of themselves. But, that is where the line is clearly drawn. Once things cross into friendship, your objective ability to manage that person is lost and they, on the other hand, lose their sense of boundaries.