Meridian News
HR Matters Series – Balancing Besties and Business
July 29, 2016

Determining where to draw the line on friendship with those you manage – or those who manage you – seems more complicated than ever. Conventional wisdom says that we should avoid building friendships across reporting lines, but today’s current leadership practices embrace connection and openness. In real life, the actual line between our personal and professional lives is very thin.

On August 9 as part of the ongoing HR Matters series co-sponsored by the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and Meridian Technology Center, join Bonnie Cain-Wood, Communication Services Manager for OSU Libraries, as she helps you examine the benefits and challenges of friendship in the workplace.

Cain-Wood will discuss common stumbling blocks like social media posts, as well how you can coach others to create healthy boundaries in your organization. This session will encourage you to redefine what workplace friendship should look like for you, and how to set and maintain those lines going forward.

HR Matters sessions are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Meridian’s campus. Registration is $15 per session and includes lunch. For more information or to enroll, contact Marcy Luter, Coordinator of Staff and Management Development Training, at or (405) 377-3333 ext. 297 or toll-free at (888) 607-2509 or visit

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