HOW TO TURN A WORK FRIEND INTO A TRUE FRIEND

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Friends make life better

Work is an easy place to meet potential friends because:

  • you spend a lot of time at work
  • makes the work place more fun
  • improves job performance due to access of information and networking

Challenges:

  • Need to change the boundaries of the relationship
  • Navigate office complexities

1. BE CHOOSY
Choose 1 or2 people: have similar interests/ similar lives/ laugh at the same things [Karl Staib]

2. TEST THE WATERS:
With lunch/morning tea/ getting outside the office/ walk to a nearby restaurant

3. THEN TRY IT AGAIN
Intimacy is built by repeated proximity: having lunch every Wednesday/ grabbing a coffee after Tuesday’s meeting

4. PLAY TO YOUR INTERESTS
Suggest an outside-work get – together, doing what you both are passionate about
For example: a food festival/ a meditation group

5. THEN BRING IN OTHERS
Invite your spouse or non – work friends to join you in your regular after work get – together
This will knit the ties even more
Work may change but the friends will remain

Laura Vanderkam

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