5 Friends You Should Have at Work
Tania Khadder | Excelle
November 30, 2009
But beware — all veterans were not created equal. Some are more willing to help than others, and it’ll take some time and research to pinpoint your match. The veteran you want to make friends with is the one who has been most welcoming since you first started, the one who is patient and has always been comfortable answering your questions. Ideally, she’s someone whose company you actually kind of enjoy and who you have other things in common with. You don’t want her to feel like your friendship is a one-way street, right?
3. The Cross-Department Crony
No matter how much you love your job, there are always things you need to vent about. And while it’s helpful to talk to others who share your job function — and therefore your specific grievances — sometimes this kind of relationship can be dangerous territory. You might end up feeding off of one another’s negativity or reinforcing their biased opinion. And what happens when one of you gets promoted? Talk about awkward!
A safer shoulder to cry on is one that belongs to someone who works in an entirely different department. They may be able to give you a more objective perspective on your situation than someone who’s deep in it with you. They’re far enough removed from the situation and most importantly, your own boss. And finally, they may confess to you their frustrations with their own crazy department, which will make you feel better about yours!
4. The Office Manager/Receptionist
She keeps the stock room … well … stocked. She plans company outings and makes reservations for your business trips. Above all else, she makes sure the whole organization stays afloat. Don’t you want to stay afloat with it? Get your office manager’s good side and, hopefully, she’ll look out for you where she can. The secret is most office managers get a little tired of being ignored.