The challenges of maintaining friendships with colleagues
It's no secret that friendships in the workplace can be difficult to maintain. With the challenges of maintaining friendships with colleagues, it can be difficult to keep up with the demands of work and our personal lives.
Whether it's the 9-5 grind or the never-ending stream of emails, our work lives can often get in the way of our social lives. It can be difficult to find the time to catch up with friends, let alone make new ones.
But despite the challenges, maintaining friendships with colleagues is important for our mental and physical health. According to a study by the University of Cambridge, social relationships are "fundamental to our health and well-being".
The study found that social relationships can have a positive impact on our mental health, our physical health and even our longevity. So, if you're struggling to maintain friendships with colleagues, here are a few tips to help you out.
Make time for your friends
If you want to maintain friendships with colleagues, you need to make time for them. That means setting aside time in your schedule to catch up, whether it's over lunch or after work.
Friendships are a two-way street, so it's important to be supportive of your colleagues, both professionally and personally. If they're going through a tough time, be there for them. If they've got a big project coming up, offer to help.
Friendships are built on trust and mutual respect, so it's important to be genuine with your colleagues. Don't try to be someone you're not, and don't pretend to be interested in things you're not.
Keep in touch
If you're struggling to find time to catch up with your colleagues, make an effort to keep in touch outside of work. Send them a text, give them a call or connect with them on social media.
Make the most of work events
If your company holds regular social events, make the most of them. Attend as many as you can, and use them as an opportunity to catch up with your colleagues.
Friendships take time to develop, so be patient. Don't expect to become best friends with your colleagues overnight. Give it time, and the friendship will grow.
Last but not least, remember to enjoy yourself. Don't take your friendships too seriously, and don't put too much pressure on yourself. Just relax, and let the friendship develop naturally.Posted on Jan 27, 2023, in Life Tips
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