We all spend a good chunk of our lives in an office surrounded by people from different backgrounds, with different personalities, different work styles, different interests , etc… And let’s be honest, some we like, and some we try to avoid.
But when you click with someone special, it makes going to work a whole lot more fun. Looking back over my 16 year career (ok, that just sounds crazy long), I have forged some of my closest friendships through work… Hey even my fellow Train Mom and I met through work.
I happen to think work friendships are some of the hardest to make, and the best ones to keep. Here why:
1. When you work with the same people day in, and day out, you get to see all their positive…and negative attributes. It is going on a date with someone 5 days a week. So when you have gotten to the point when you can call someone your “friend”, you have agreed to accept them for who they are inside and out. And if you still like them even though they can be a little “bossy” to work with, then you have forged a friend for life.
2. You sink or swim together. And boy have I experienced both situations over the years. And it was always my friends at work that encouraged me, and kept my chin above water. A special nod to my work friend who would always remind me in stressful times that, “no one was being left on the table.” Thank goodness for that friend, and thank goodness I didn’t become a doctor. When you work in a close environment, you experience the good, the bad, and ugly together and it is nice to know someone has your back!
3. Coffee talk. When work, marriage, life, kids and a commute consume your life, it is nice to know you can “escape” to the office, and have a friend to grab gossip with, laugh with and vent too. Plus, you always need an honest soul who is going to point out when you have mascara on your face or toilet paper on your shoe.
I dedicate this post to all my work friends who have enriched my life and made work a happy place to be!