Why Workplace Friendships Are Not So Bad for Business

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“As company family picnics declined, so did the social interaction in the workplace.”

Earlier, I came across the article, Having Work Friends Can Be Tricky, But It’s Worth It,” which I found to be interesting. The most interesting part was the statistics on co-workers vacationing together. “Going on a vacation with a co-worker is virtually unimaginable in America—less than 6 percent of workers have taken their relationship with colleagues to this level.”  

A few weeks ago, I returned from vacation with four other people, one of which is a friend I met through work. So now I fit into that “less than 6 percent” category, and if you know me, you would never think I would. I like to keep small circles and I am not the social butterfly, so when I go to a new company, I do what is asked of me and go home. Having numerous side hustles when I was younger, I always had the “business is business, friends are friends” mentality, and it still holds true to this day. You have to have the same mentality in the workplace, which also allows you to quickly get over any grievances you have with someone that you forged a friendship with through work. This is something that many athletes that play on teams learn early on. You get into a fight with a teammate during practice, you leave it on the field and you do not carry that grudge forward. I was reminded of this again my freshman year in college after getting into a fight with a junior during football training camp.  Read More

 

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