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Should We Worry That a Manager Pals Around With HR Staff?

April 6, 2011
Related Topics: Miscellaneous Legal Issues, Corporate Culture, Dear Workforce, Legal
We have a manager with considerable authority who regularly pals around with a member of my human resources staff. It is common knowledge that they are good friends. I would like to find out what this situation could possibly do in terms of employee perception and effective management. I don't have any evidence that there have been any compromises, but should I, as HR supervisor, be worried about possible leaks of confidential data and possible negative employee perception? How should I handle this delicate situation—if it needs to be handled at all?
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