Why is it important to have friends at work? According to Ceren Cubukcu’s article Why You Need to Have Friends at Work, studies show “that if you’re working with someone you get along with well, you’re usually more productive.”

She goes on to say that having friends at work will help you look forward to going to work in the morning, instead of dreading it. The “workplace is not just for working, it’s for socializing as well. If there’s someone you can eat lunch with or chit-chat during breaks, going to work every morning doesn’t seem so terrible. Also, you can go to happy hours together after work and socialize even more.”

That sounds pretty fun and my productivity will increase BONUS! So, how do I make friends when I work with a bunch of introverts and I am a little on the introverted side myself? John Boitnott, in his article called  10 Ways Even Introverts Can Make Friends at Work, suggests a bunch of helpful hints like going to work events and saying hello first.

Boitnott also says his father always told him that, “people will meet you, and some will like you right away. Others will decide right away that they don’t like you. There’s very little you can do about that.” It’s ok if not everyone likes you and don’t be afraid to smile and say hello, you never know when you will meet your new work BFF.

How does your work BFF make your day better? Leave me a comment and let me know.

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