Besties At Work

Besties At Work

16 March 2018

So, whether you’re new at the job and no one has told you about Sheila in accounting (about how you shouldn’t ask about the hair thing!), or whether you simply want to be happier at work; is it wise to make friends at work?

Absolutely! Gallup found that close work friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50% and that people with a bestie at work are seven times more likely to engage fully in their work. But, stats aside, think about it: when you’re in good spirits, you’re likely to find it easier to complete your to-do list. When you’re happy, you’re engaged, and when you’re engaged, you are more productive. Sadly, research suggests that only 13% of employees are happy at work.

While flying solo may ace the occasional independent results and accolades, satisfaction will be fleeting. We spend more of our waking hours at work than at home and numerous studies show that camaraderie at work is all about creating a mentality that we’re “in-it” together. Fact is, employee friendships make for a happier, healthier, and more productive company culture and workplace atmosphere.

Are there downsides to friendships at work? Sure, there can be bumps: loss of worktime through socialising, split loyalties, professional jealousy. However, these are all manageable, and the benefits of positive relationships far outweigh any negative outcomes.

On board? Good! Here’s what to do next:

Add them on social media. Befriend a co-worker on Facebook or Twitter and watch your timeline for his or her updates. Don’t be afraid to make a comment or talk to them about a picture you saw on their feed.

Be positive and helpful. When a colleague seems overwhelmed, be generous with what you know and offer to help.

Make friends for the right reasons, don’t make connections “to get ahead.” Friends are people you have something in common with and who appreciate you for who you are.

Resist gossiping. This could spread like wildfire through a workplace, poison the environment and reflect badly on you.

Watch your humour. A sense of humour is very personal, and it can take while for others to understand yours. It’s never a good time for racist, sexist or derogatory humour of any kind.

Coffee unites people. When making a cuppa for yourself, ask whether he/she would like one as well.

Attend work socials. Cocktail get-togethers at your local bar once a month? Yup, you’re going. This will create, strengthen, and expand office friendships.

Make the conversation about them. If you notice a gym bag under their desk, ask about their workout practice. Most people like talking about themselves and they’ll most likely ask you questions in return.

Open up about non-work topics. Rather than complaining about an impossible deadline, talk about your weekend plans or your newest hobby.

If all else fails… supply sustenance! Looking for a delicious way to be popular at work? Bring edibles to share!

Friends are how we survive at work. So, next time you catch yourself chatting with a colleague, go ahead and pat yourself on the back for cultivating those work relationships. Have fun!


DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or need health advice, please consult a healthcare professional.

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