June 7, 2023

Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

UMW College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

UMW College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson’s weekly column in The Free Lance-Star tackles how to navigate boss-employee workplace friendships. Read FRIENDLY, NOT FRIENDS.


YOU’RE THE BOSS in your organization. How do you interact with your employees? Are you friends with your staff or just friendly?

How did you become the boss? In many organizations, people are promoted from within—which generally is a good thing. Sometimes the boss is hired from outside the organization, which can be a good practice too, depending on the needs of the organization.

It doesn’t matter how you step into the supervisor role. When you do, you’re entering a new universe with a different set of rules. Read more.