Making Friends at Work

If you have friends at work you most likely enjoy your job more. But did you know that you make better decisions, are more engaged in your work, more committed, and productive?

Making friends at work is more important than we give credit. Workplace friendships are one of the strongest predictors of productivity.

It turns out that meaningful connections are vital to our psychological and physical well-being. In fact, it’s impossible to perform at our best unless we feel connected to others.

But making friends at work isn’t always easy. Work relationships can be complicated by notions of hierarchy and perceived utilitarian motives. Efforts to befriend someone can feel forced.

This article explores the importance of making friends at work, three types of friendship, and offers an eight step process for self-disclosure.

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The complete article includes these important concepts:

  • Three types of friendships
  • The Golden Rule of Friendship
  • Friends and self-disclosure

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