Do Your Work Friends Help You or Hurt You?

It is important for you to build relationships with your coworkers.  However, you need to make sure that these friendships don’t do you more harm than good.  Do you often find yourself getting into trouble when you are with your work friends?  If so, then it is probably a good indication that you need to change your behaviour.  Here are some tips that will help you to connect with your coworkers without getting on your manager’s bad side.


Save your long chats for lunch time.

When there is work to be done, you shouldn’t be spending a lot of time chatting.  Nobody is willing to pay you to goof around, so if you are wasting time, you manager may decide that you are an unnecessary expense.

Always maintain your professionalism.

When you are with your work buddies, it is a lot easier to misbehave.  While there is nothing wrong with having a few laughs with your coworkers, you do need to keep it professional.  If your manager has spoken to you about professionalism in the past, it’s a good sign that you need to take it down a notch.

Be friendly to everyone.

Once you’ve formed strong relationships with your coworkers, there is a temptation to stick with them to the exclusion of everyone else.  The problem with this approach is that it leaves people out.  We all know what it feels like to be on the outside looking in.  Instead, make an effort to include everyone and build a positive working environment.

Don’t lose focus.

You are there to do a job.  Never forget that.  Make yourself aware of how your employer will be measuring your performance and prioritize your tasks accordingly.  When it comes right down to it, the employer doesn’t really care about your social life at work.  What they really want to know is, “Are you doing your job?”

When you have friends at work, it makes your job a lot more fun.  You have someone you can laugh with and someone you can vent to when you’re frustrated.  Just make sure that these friendships are positively affecting your job and that they are not dragging you down.

(Written by: Karen Bivand)

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One thought on “Do Your Work Friends Help You or Hurt You?

  1. Anonymous November 8, 2014 / 3:04 pm

    Sometimes these work friends might turn into work bullies or gangs. What to do if you find yourself between work groups or gangs?

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