Work. It’s the perfect place to strut your stuff, show off new skills that you’ve learned, and make an unique impact as part of the work force.
Undeniably, humans are social creatures. Underneath the layers of hustle at the workplace, the conference calls, the projections, the tedious Excel spreadsheets, something important gets lost: relationships.
Having friends at work is important. They help us accomplish goals better, faster, and more efficiently than we often could alone. Relationships are what make businesses work and successful businesses thrive! How do you make friends at work, especially when you’re often planted in one area of the work space?
1. MAKE IT A PRIORITY
Put yourself out there, and stay aware of your daily opportunities for connection: at the meeting table, in the break room, at the coffee machine. Seize the chance when you get one! Introduce yourself, ask questions with genuine interest, and start planting seeds. Potential work friends will notice. If you struggle with this, make it fun. Challenge yourself to make introductions to one new person a week, or find creative ways to expand out of your comfort zone.
2. UNDERSTAND THE BENEFITS
Cohesive relationships at work help you create a bridge to separate areas of the business. This is powerful. You won’t be the only person using and benefiting from this bridge. As others begin to see your existing relationships with other people from many teams, they’ll start to see the advantages of those connections as well. They may follow suit, promoting growth, harmony, and happiness. Consider yourself a pioneer of friendship, vina! Don’t forgive yourself a pat on the back.
3. DON’T FORGET TO GIVE
Just like in other friendships, work relationships do require attention, maintenance, and fun. Don’t take these connections for granted. Once you’ve established a relationship, make sure you show your engagement and enthusiasm for the other person’s presence in your life. Find creative ways to stay connected. Be spontaneous, and ask your coworker to go on a lunch walk or go on an afternoon Starbucks run. Set up lunch dates. Send a thoughtful email, send a funny meme, or leave a funny drawing on your coworker’s desk via post-it. The possibilities are endless!
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