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12 Different Ways to Make Friends at Work (Even if They're Just "Work Friends")


Even if you love your job, it can be sometimes be hard, and frustrating, and so challenging you want to bang your head against the wall. And on those days, more than others, you remember the importance of being friends with your co-workers. Who else understands your crazy boss’ emails like they do? And who else knows just how important timing is when it comes to getting a slice of another team’s birthday cake.

While making friends at the office comes easily to some people, others struggle. So, how can you develop positive relationships with your co-workers? We scoured the web for the best advice on making these connections in the office.

  1. Sometimes the best way to get to know a co-worker is by taking initiative. Be open to introducing yourself to new faces you see around the office, and don’t be afraid to strike up small talk. (Lifehacker)

  2. Get your foot in the door with work events. For example, if your company holds a summer picnic, it’s a great opportunity to get to know your colleagues and their plus-ones in a more informal setting. (Forbes)

  3. Eating lunch away from your desk is a low-stakes way to get to know people while you’re on the clock. Bonus: In addition to adding to your friendships, it’ll also boost your productivity and creativity. (U.S. News)

  4. It doesn’t always have to take a lot of effort on your part to get closer to a peer. You’d be surprised: Genuinely listening when you have conversations goes a long way. (

  5. Here’s a classic: happy hour. It’s obvious, but it’s common for a reason. On top of strengthening relationships with the people you see every day, knowing who works where and does what will also make you better at your job. (Business Insider)

  6. If drinking or staying out late aren’t really for you, there are other easy ways to make workplace connections, too. Look into cool local events you can take advantage of, then invite anyone whose interested to tag along. (Mashable)

  7. Need a sure-fire way to get on someone’s good side? Random acts of kindness will usually do the trick. (LinkedIn)

  8. If it seems appropriate, consider following your co-workers on social media. While this can definitely do wonders in bringing some people together, it’s not for everyone—so, use your own judgment. (CNN)

  9. Not exactly a social butterfly? No worries. There are plenty of ways for introverts to reach out without leaving their comfort zone. (Entrepreneur)

  10. If things aren’t working out, and you’re really struggling to make a friend, take a step back. There are plenty of valid reasons you haven’t developed those strong relationships yet. (CAREEREALISM)

  11. Don’t force it (and don’t sweat it!), if things just aren’t happening naturally. It’s not part of every company’s culture for employees to be BFFs. (Business Weekly)

  12. And remember, you don’t have to love everyone you work with. Making a few frenemies in the office will open doors for you, too. (The Daily Muse)