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My best friend made me lose my job

16 August 2016, 16:00 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - I like the way when I go to social media or some motivational page, I will see people inspiring others with a sense of togetherness and how to help each other grow.

But let us think about this realistically, does that actually happen in real life?  What I am thinking is a lot of people would actually have a job if there friend had told them about their company having an open position but they don’t. Why?

I was having this discussion with a colleague and he told me, he knows a couple of his friends who are looking but in real life, he would rather have a stranger get the promotion before him, than him bringing his friend to his place of work and they get to a higher status before him.

Which is why many people would never mix their work/ career with friends and family.

Not because you are afraid they will do a bad job and let you down; if anything most people want to be better than you.

I have a real life story for this one because that is where I got this idea from.

My friend came to see me this morning.

She was eating, so I knew there was a problem.

She was demoted from her management position. She went from a higher to a lower status. The pay is still there but it is like they have just given her a heads up to look for a new job.

She ran the place for them so when they had an opening for a receptionist, she went and got one of her friends and hired her to relieve her from joblessness/ unemployment.

It seems that might have been a bad idea.

Her friend might be getting her job because she went behind her back and after telling the big boss of the current faults in the system that might have been my friend’s fault; they came to the conclusion that she might be a better fit for the job.

Is it the friendship that is poor or is it just that; never mix your business with some frienemies?

This case here is a perfect example of why people never take their friends to the workplace. You would rather get a stranger to get you demoted or get a promotion before you; but someone you personally brought in to help? That is why your friend has never told you of an opening even if they keep on talking about needing someone in this or that.

No matter how much empowerment and solidarity people harp on in social media; in real life, it is rarely if ever practised.

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