I have been known to be a compassionate person. Sometimes it overflows into my work. I'm a regular manager at a restaurant (nothing too important, just running shifts, blah blah blah), who has mostly teens working. The entire staff (including the management team) are a close group. Obviously, there are boundaries we, as management, do not cross. We don't hang outside of work for instance.
I am a young woman myself (early 20's) so relating to my employees can be a blessing and a curse.
I have a girl (freshly graduated) who told me her parents had kicked her out because she was not able to attend college right away (details aren't really important). She said she was staying at a friend's house, on the floor. While telling me this, she is crying. I had been in a similar situation right out of high school with almost no direction or help. I know her struggle. Without thinking it over, I offered to let her borrow my blow up mattress until she could buy one.
MY boss caught wind of our exchange and told me it was inappropriate to offer outside help because we are the bosses and she is an employee. That's it. As if the conversation should have ended with me saying, "oh sorry, that sucks. Good luck."
Do you think what I did was okay or is my boss right and it was inappropriate?