I'm sure many of you have experienced this phenomenon in their life before, in one form or the other. Working with friends. You applied for a job where your best friend already worked, and now you're grilling patties together at McDonalds. You and your partner in crime came up with the best idea in existence, and now you're starting a company together. Maybe you just hired a good friend to work for you, or you're the good friend that's offering their service, like fixing their plumbing or doing their bookkeeping.
I can't remember the last time I had a job that didn't involve friendship for the largest part; either I was talked into applying by a friend who worked there, maybe we auditioned together or we started off something together. I think my job in hospitality is the only job I've ever had where I fully seperate social life from work life and do so succesfully. So for 80 to 90% of my workhistory, I've worked with or for friends. It's swung both ways: some situations were the best thing ever, other jobs completely destroyed friendships.
So, I'm curious what your stance is on this. What you have experienced, and whether you prefer it either way.
What kind of job did you share with your friend? Were they your peer or your superior? Did you skip away into the sunset or did it all go apeshit? Any idea why it worked or didn't work? What would you've done differently? And the other way around, have coworkers ever become such an important part of your social life (maybe met a spouse?) that it completely turned around the work dynamic? Why would you say friendship dynamics are beneficial to working environments and why not?
To give a little definition to friendship: I'm not talking about being friendly in general with coworkers, but more about those people you either knew before the job or who hang out with you regularly outside office hours, who you have a glass of wine with or maybe had sex with (let's pull the perspective a bit broader and include romance as well)