Friends or Competitors? Friendship at Workplace –An Error Disclosure

Author Name(s): Priyanka Kohapare, Prof.Anant Deogaonkar
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No friends at Work! Can any organization have a tag line like this? A lot of literature has already been published globally which elaborates on the friendship at workplace but the intent here is to study that friendship at work boosts error disclosure and customs preservation of resources theory as fundamental description. Organisation depends on background factors to encourage employee confession of self -made errors, which persuades a resource problem and a friendship problem. The focus here is on understanding that friendship improved error disclosure moderately through interpersonal instruments of employee’s boldness towards coworkers and coworkers boldness towards employees. The concept here is to explain the stimulus of friendship at work.Based on the extensive literature review, we suggest error disclosure through both circumstantial and interpersonal tactics, organisation needs to be cautious about budding incompatibility.

Keywords Friendship, Workplace, Error Disclosure.


Friendship is a relationship of common fondness between people. Friendship is stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association. Friendship has been studied in academic fields such as communication, sociology, social psychology, anthropology and philosophy. Various academic theories of friendship have been proposed including social exchange theory, equity theory, relational dialectics, and attachment styles. There are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place; certain characteristics are present in many types of such bonds. Such characteristics include affection, kindness, love, virtue, sympathy, empathy, honesty, unselfishness, loyalty, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one’s feeling to others, and make mistakes without fear of judgement from the friend. Workplace relationships are sole relational affairs with significant inferences for the individuals in those relationships, and the bodies in which the relationship exist and develop. Friendship at workplace directly affects a workers capability and effort to succeed. These link are complex, can happen in and out of the organisation, and be both optimistic and undesirable. On an average co-workers spend together atleast 50 hours each week, and this leads to friendship through their communal involvement and their aspiration for a built- in support system.


1. Friendship at workplace will increase the productivity of the employee. 2. Hence , there will be overall growth of employee as well as the organisation 3. But on contrary there can be conflicts between the employees. Which may hinder the employee productivity to some extent and giving the scope for further study?

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