Your workplace is one of the easiest places to meet friends in adulthood. In fact, experts say having a work buddy can help you thrive. The friendships we make in the workplace can be “vital to career success,” but how does that work even with many of us working remotely now? Truth be told, having a work friend in 2022 can be considered a “precious resource”.
Here are some of the benefits of having at least one friend at work:
●Joy. If you’re more engaged in your workplace, you’ll more than likely be happier, and having a friend by your side can get you there.
●Motivation. It’s the same idea as having a workout buddy. They are there to empower you and inspire you to do your best.
●Productivity. Sure, your friend could be a distraction at work, but they can also be a form of support that helps you get things done.
●Creativity. If you’re wondering why some directors hire the same actors for movies, it’s because there’s a chemistry there that inspires creativity.
Here are two of the best tips for making friends at work:
●Be intentional. No one is going to send you a friend request via professional email (although that would be nice), so you should do your best to be friendly with your co-workers. Let them know you’re here to connect and meet people. Otherwise, it might not happen naturally.
●To be coherent. Any type of relationship takes time to build. Ask them to join you on a weekly coffee date or make it a point to have lunch together.