Thursday,23 May, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1357, (17 - 23 August 2017)
Thursday,23 May, 2019
Issue 1357, (17 - 23 August 2017)

Ahram Weekly

Leading a happy work life

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

happy work life
happy work life

Do you have friends at work? If not, don’t worry: making friends and being social at work may not be easy. For some of us, making friends at work is harder than doing the actual work we’ve been hired to do. Plus, some people may prefer to keep things professional and not to make friends at their work place.

However, research has shown that workers tend to be happier in their jobs when they have friendly bonds with co-workers. Friendships in the workplace have a profound impact, and having work friends can sway life for the better.

Even if you think you would do better work without the distraction of having to make friends, a job without them can be lonely and boring. Who will join you in discussing favourite TV shows or poking fun at a new and aggravating work assignment, for example?

Friends at work can also form strong social support networks for each other, both personally and professionally. Bonding over work experiences is often what makes work tolerable. So before you write it off, turn to the person next to you at work and say hello, open a line of communication, and try to begin a friendship.  

These simple steps can help you create good friendships with your work mates:

- Ask how your co-workers are doing. People love talking about themselves, and nine times out of ten they will return the favour and ask about you. Ask how long they have worked there and other open-ended questions.
- Create a group text. We’re in an age where everyone sends emails and texts. If you chat with people in messages during the day about work-related topics, it might be feasible to send out a group text when the workday is over.

- Add them on social media. Social media makes knowing what other people like far easier than it was in the past.

- Make eye contact. Show your co-workers that you care about them. Be confident and make eye contact with your co-workers when speaking to show them that you don’t find them boring or intimidating.

- Find things you have in common. By doing so, conversation will flow more freely. Common interest is the basis of a stronger friendship. You may work better together and your work may flourish because of it.

- Ask for help. Everyone has weaknesses, and people will usually respect you more for asking for their help. It’ll also open lines of communication and show a different side of you.

- Don’t fear rejection. If someone doesn’t want to be your friend, it isn’t the end of the world. People get rejected every day, but if you don’t get out there and try again you’re just hurting yourself.

- Don’t compare yourself to others. You’re part of a team, and everyone in your company has his or her own skill set. Don’t compare your contributions to what you perceive of your co-workers.

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