I've been promoted over my colleague and now it's awkward

Trying to hold on to your lunch buddy will only result in embarrassment, says Jeremy Bullmore.

by Jeremy Bullmore

Q: I've just been promoted above my colleague and feel really awkward about how to behave around her. We started at the company at the same time and have become lunch buddies and close friends. Now I'm her boss and it no longer feels appropriate to get drunk together and slag off the management team. Any advice?

Jeremy Bullmore says: This happened to me once and it's painfully awkward.

Almost any action or comment from you is likely to be interpreted by her as patronising, insensitive, triumphant or creepy.

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