Work Friends Vs Real Friends

Is it really possible to have work friends? Is this encouraged? Should you even have any work friends?

If you work the regular 9-5 traditional job, chances are that you spend a lot of time with the people you work with. It’s human nature to become friends with people you surround yourself with frequently!

This means it is more common to become friends with your co-workers.

But are these your real friends?

What does real friendship look like?

Are your work colleagues the people you turn to when you are having a hard time?

As far as I am concerned friends are people that you can absolutely rely on no matter the circumstances.

In most cases, it’s a good idea to remember that your coworkers are not your friends!

It doesn’t mean that you can not strike up a good friendship with your colleagues. 

What Is The Difference Between A Friend And A Colleague? 

Knowing the difference between coworkers and friends can save you a lot of difficulties in the future. 

A true friend is someone you tend to know very well, you entrust them with your most personal things and information and you can count on them at any time if needed. 

They have your back and in most cases, know most of your interests and dislikes. Work friends are typically looked at as professional work colleagues.

People that you can rely on when it comes to helping you to achieve better results in the workplace.

You wouldn’t necessarily go to them to discuss your personal life.

Most work friends, leave their work relationships every day as soon as they leave for the day. And that is why it is typically hard to build a personal relationship with them.

By following some rules and setting boundaries, you can make work friends you go to people. 

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