One of the better blogs I enjoy is the Chief Happiness Officer. If you have not read it, start. All of it does not apply however the approach to looking at the work place and other facets of our lives makes for an interesting read at the minimum. I find that for some people, especially those less likely to be labeled “social butterflys”, there is a good influx of information on how to make work life better overall.
A solid read most recently posted on the subject of making friends at work. Albeit I am not the poster child for confessing that all people should be friends at the office, I do see a social need for connection and support since work is where we spend most of our time. For people less inclined to reach out, this mapped process offers a good idea on how to go about building your own team of friends.
Here is a little:
My friend Stacy works for a technology company and she struggles to make friends. She’s in the customer service department, and is on the phone most of the day. When it’s time to go to lunch, no one from her department can go with her because they take lunches in shifts.
She feels awkward about going up to people and introducing herself. She’s not sure what to do because she likes the work, but not the job.
I’ve been in her position. I worked for a small leather manufacturing company that sold toy horse saddles, wallets and brief cases. I was stuck making sales calls all day long, and I disliked the job as a result of my lack of social interactions.
I highly value finding and making friends at work. It can make the difference between loving and hating a job.
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