Do you need to make friends at work?
Great professionals balance professional and personal relationships at work. They know how to connect with their colleagues. To inspire collaboration and teamwork.
Friendships help increase your emotional commitment to your work and the clients you serve – improving job satisfaction and fulfillment.
There are other benefits to making friends at work.
- You have more engagement. People are social beings who crave for a sense of belongingness. In the same way that a lone animal cannot survive in the wild, a professional who chooses to avoid all opportunities to connect might find themselves left behind. Those without friends to support at work can feel isolated, which affects their work satisfaction. It’s nice to have someone in your corner during tough times. And having friends, especially strategic connections can help you meet mentors and experts in your field.
- Improved teamwork. When people know and respect each other, they can collaborate more efficiently and effectively. They will take the time to properly outline action points to get a project done. Generally, when friends work together, they communicate without hesitation and come up with the best ways to improve a project or process.
- Positive work culture. Workplace friendships help strengthen a positive work culture. It enhances creativity and productivity – which improves the performance of the whole team.
So, what does a typical work friendship look like?
A strong friendship inspires more positivity at work.
Having a strong support system at work ensures you accomplish more. Your teammates have a broad understanding of what you do – and how it fits in the overall success of the team. This makes it easier to work well together to solve client issues and overcome obstacles faster.
When you’re surrounded by passionate and skillful professionals like yourself, you tend to care more about your work. You build a community – or a home outside of your home and you want to protect it.
You work hard and well for the good of the company. It’s because you happily and voluntarily do your part to improve your team’s performance. You want your colleagues to unlock their full potential and be the BEST versions of themselves.
In short, you want everyone on the team to grow with you. No one on your team is left behind.