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There are a few reasons you should develop relationships with your co-workers, including reducing stress, revealing, and allowing you to leave with support. 

How well do you know the people that work beside you? Some rewards come with getting to know your co-workers that go beyond making new friends. This article will share some of the reasons why it’s worthwhile to reach out to your work colleagues to build relationships. 

Building Friendships at Work  

If you haven’t taken the time yet to get to know your co-workers, you should. The people around you build your work experience into a positive or negative, and each person comes with their own story and way of behaving. Here are three reasons to get to know your work colleagues—and all three can benefit you as much as them: 

  1. It reduces work stress. When you have friends at work, you can use those relationships to lessen your on-the-job frustrations, worries, and stress. Having a solid support system at your work can help protect you from the negative effects of job-related stress and improve your work environment. When you have friends at work, you can share your stress with someone who can listen and share their own stories. It’s a good way to blow off steam, regroup, and get back to work. 
  2. It makes the job more enjoyable. When you have friends at work, you can share stories, ideas, and even work complaints with someone who listens and appreciates you. But it’s a quit pro quo situation; you must be a good friend first to earn a good friend, right? Getting to know your co-workers will make the job more enticing because you’ll be learning about people’s identities beyond the job. Relating to your co-workers in areas that aren’t related to the job will give you other things to think about throughout the day. This will also help you work better as a team. 
  3. It builds your social networks, and ultimately, your job network, too. You never know where work friendships can lead. The person beside you may have an in with a company you’ve been trying to get into. They may have an opportunity that you haven’t heard about. A work friend can last long past your time at that company, too, and the benefits in building a network of work colleagues is that you can use these relationships in positive ways long after you’ve moved on to another job. If you’re thinking about a career transition, building your social network is an important first step toward reaching your goals. 

How to Make Friends at Work

Now that you understand the benefits of making new friends at work you may be wondering how to get started. The first step is to simply prioritize your time in ways that allow you to chat with those around you. While the job should always come first, you can start to get to know people by simply asking questions like, “How’s your day going?” This can evolve to sharing lunch together or sitting beside that person during company events. The important point here is that you need to make the first effort—and it’s always worth it. 

IES works with employers and employees to bring them together in lasting long-term relationships. We have jobs and can keep you working. If you’re looking for your next opportunity. Contact us today. 

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