The relationships you develop at work can be impactful, but there are many ways in which they will differ from relationships in your personal life. It’s important to set and follow boundaries, lest you find yourself stuck in an unpleasant situation from which you can’t escape.

Boundaries can help protect us from being exploited, but they can also help put distance between ourselves and our less trustworthy coworkers. These are the types of people who have no qualms about throwing us under the bus if it suits their ends. Given the opportunity, they’ll ruin our jobs and our lives, and won’t lose a wink of sleep.

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