Limiting Workplace Interactions-No Schmoozing

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about restriction on non-professional interaction: What would be the best way to approach my concern? Or should I just accept this new limitation?

I work as a subcontractor in a city government building. I have developed work friendships with individuals employed directly by the city. Due to a recent incident between one of the subcontractors and a city employee (one of whom blew the incident way out of proportion), our employer has told us that we are guests of the building, we should remain professional at all times, and “interactions must be limited to business purposes only.” I feel limiting these interactions will create a sterile, unfriendly, awkward, and unpleasant work environment. My direct supervisor seems to be in agreement with upper management/HR on this. What would be the best way to approach my concern? Or should I just accept this new limitation?

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