Does happiness depend on the company you keep?
From coffee pot chats to swapping viral videos, connecting with others at work and forming friendships has a significant impact on workplace happiness. In fact, 40 percent of people list their co-workers as the main reason they enjoy coming to the office each day. And yet, friendship is a highly overlooked factor in many workplaces. Luckily, there are easy ways to facilitate camaraderie in an office setting. For starters, Huffington Post advises:
Since not all work environments are designed to support these kinds of interactions, it’s important to utilize the spaces between work to build your friendships… Take time outside of the board room to bond with coworkers — before or after a team meeting, on a lunchtime walk around the block, or to the office kitchen for your afternoon pick-me-up cup of coffee.
Searching for similarity is another easy tactic to form office friendships. Common ground – such as your favorite sports team – can be enough to get the conversation started. While assignments come first, office friendships help boost productivity. It’s easier – and more enjoyable – to accomplish tasks with a close team by your side.
Read all seven ways to become a better work friend at Huffington Post.