Hello lovelies! Today I will be sharing some secrets on how to become friends (or at least, be friendly) with your coworkers and develop healthy and positive relationships with the people you are working with. Cultivating work relationships is so crucial these days, because networking in your industry can lead to new opportunities or better job prospects in the post-graduation life. However, developing and building these relationships can be tricky, or even scary, depending on how different the rest of the employees are compared to yourself. Read on for some tips and tricks on how to make these relationships work for you!
Just say ‘hello’
Be the person to make the first move! Say ‘hello’ to everyone you see on your first day there (or any day following, really) and don’t forget to smile! If you reach out to someone, 9.9 times out of 10 they will be more than happy to say ‘hello’ back and begin developing a relationship with you.
Ask how they are doing
Take the time to get to know them! Ask how they are doing whenever you see them, and learn about their life. Be genuinely interested in who they are as a person, and a friendship will follow!
Add them on social media
This one can seem a little awkward at first, but reaching out to them outside of the office will allow you to begin to develop a friendship that goes beyond that daily conversation you have in the break room. Don’t be afraid to comment on their social media or ask about something you’ve seen on their Facebook.
Find things you have in common
I guarantee you that there is at least one thing you have in common with your coworkers. Once you know what to talk about, conversation becomes so much easier! Eventually, you can branch off into the interests you don’t share, which can lead to a deeper connection.
Ask for help
If you are struggling on a work-related (or life-related) activity or assignment, ask for helpful. People will respect you so much for seeking out guidance and support when you need it, rather than struggling in silence or getting something wrong in the end.
Don’t be afraid of rejection
Your coworkers want a happy, healthy and fun work environment as much as you do, and likely are hoping to make a few friends as well! Don’t let the fear of being rejected keep you from reaching out to your coworkers and attempting to build relationships and connections with them!
Thanks for reading! Do you have any other tips on how to make friends with your coworkers? Share them with me below or on Twitter @CaseyDonart
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