It’s natural to treat the people you work with every day as are co-workers, but if your company has on-site personnel from a vendor, never forget where their true loyalties lie. This can be tricky if your non-employee badges look like employee badges or if vendor personnel have email addresses similar to yours. If you get careless about who is who in your company, you could end up inviting employees of a vendor to meetings where classified information is discussed or shown on whiteboards.
Phil Bode is the owner of Italex, LLC, an IT procurement consulting and training company; he can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Steven Jeffery is a IT procurement consultant; he can be reached at email@example.com. They are co-authors of the upcoming book Supplier (Vendor) Management – Going Beyond Strategic Sourcing to Gain Real, Sustainable Competitive Advantage.