Benefits and Disadvantages of Friendships Discussion


This assignment is intended to help you learn to dothe following:

  • Identify the characteristics of friendships.
  • Identify the characteristics of social relationships in the workplace.
  • Identify the characteristics of intimate relationships.
  • Identify alternatives to self-disclosure.


This assignment encourages you to consider both the benefits and challenges of maintaining friendships in the workplace.

Action Items

  1. Identify three adults who work full-time, but that do NOT work with you.
  2. Interview each adult individually about his or her experiences with friendships and social relationships in the workplace. Specifically, ask about friendships with co-workers, superiors, and subordinates. Encourage interviewees to discuss both the benefits of those relationships and their challenges.