And the truth is – yes – building such relationships will open up more opportunities for you in the future…
But there are plenty of other (less selfish) reasons why your work friends are the best type of friends. Some of those reasons are…
1. They know your tea and/or coffee order.
They even know your schedule if you have one (tea at 10am, coffee at 1pm, tea at 3pm etc.)
2. They bring you food.
From fruit in the kitchen to cakes from the shop, your work friend is unlikely to pick something up for themselves without thinking of you.
3. They can be your drinking buddy.
After a tough day (or morning) at the office, sometimes all you need is a trip to the pub and a good old rant with your work friend.
The same rule applies for Friday night celebrations. And just anytime you fancy a pint down the local!
4. You’ll never lunch alone.
Unless they’re busy… at which point you’ll feel a little bit lost and wonder what on earth you should do for the hour.
5. They actually know what you do.
Come on, how many of your other friends actually know (and fully understand) your day job?
6. You can share “top secrets” with them.
Sworn to secrecy by your out-of-work friends? Gasping to tell someone? If your work pal doesn’t know them, it doesn’t count, right?
7. They’ll pump you up.
When you’re feeling nervous about a meeting/ presentation/ sales pitch etc. your work friend will spur you on and tell you just how great you’re going to be!
8. They’ll have your back.
It’s obviously always better to have someone to back up and support your ideas, opinions and sentiments. But having this back-up will also deter potential office bullies from overruling, shouting you down and picking on you (something that unfortunately does occur in offices).
9. They’ll give less biased advice.
Of course, because they don’t know your out-of-work acquaintances they can offer you (and therefore them) sound, unbiased advice about anything, without worrying about offending anyone.
10. They’ll tell you everything’s going to be alright.
When you’re having a really crappy day and it feels like everything is going wrong, your work friend will put things into perspective. Everything is NOT always as terrible as it seems (and if it is, they’ll comfort you anyway).
11. They can crack you up.
Ever been trying really, really hard not to laugh at something but failing miserably because you notice your friend’s shoulders shaking under the pressure? This usually occurs in a stressful environment – which explains why it can often happen in the middle of a meeting at work or when you’re confronted with the boss etc. Although probably not great for your professional image, it’s fun to have a laugh at work and cut through some of that tension.
12. They understand your rants.
They know exactly what you’re talking about when you go on a half an hour rant about the boss, your working hours and/or your job.
Put simply, this is something that no one outside of work will ever full understand.
13. They probably dislike the same people as you.
I’m not suggesting that you should actively dislike people at work – but if you do, then chances are your work friend will too – and it’s actually a comfort to know that you’re not alone.
14. They get you.
You’re around each other for the majority of the week, so you definitely get to know each other’s little quirks and traits; they’ll certainly know how to irritate you and how to calm you down. Work together for long enough and you’ll pretty much be able to communicate via eye movements.
15. If anything, they know too much about you.
You have to stay friends, because they know some of your deepest, darkest secrets! (Not to mention those bitchy messages you’ve sent about the boss).
And there is more thanks to Coburg Banks for their insight and Blog on the subject..