Sometimes we all need a friend. Friends are important. They give us comfort and support, they entertain us and brighten our day, and they’re there for us when we need them. And speaking of needing them, where do we need a lifeline more than at work? Finding work friends to chat with can boost your happiness, health, and productivity. With a few tips on how to make the right approach, forming those new relationships can be pleasant and easy.
Research Says You Need Work Friends
Whether your job is your life or just something you do to pay the rent, making space for some socializing at work can help you have a more fulfilling experience. Professionals who have friendly connections at work are 50% more likely to report job satisfaction and are seven times more likely to enjoy a stronger connection to what they do. So, despite what your teachers told you at school, chatting with colleagues makes you more productive!
The best way to build friendships at work will depend on your personality and on your workplace culture. Having lunch away from your desk is an excellent way to demonstrate that you’re open for a chat or even to grab a bite with someone. Try to ask open questions, and to remain open and supportive if somebody else wants to join in. This can create a great vibe and encourage new people to say ‘Hi’ to you. This infographic from CashNet USA runs down the research that supports work friends and gives you some tips that will have you making friends in no time.
Despite what your teachers told you at school, chatting with colleagues makes you more productive!