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The thought of having to make new friends when we start working somewhere new can be a little nerve-wracking for many of us. After all, we not only have to adapt to a new environment but also to new people.
Having work friends is great because they just get all of our work struggles and frustrations. However, it doesn’t need to be super stressful developing new friendships.
If you’re struggling with making friends on the job, try out these tips.
Take the first step.
Sometimes in life, we will have to make the first move. One of those times might be when we start a new job and are looking to make friendships. It can seem scary, but what do we have to lose? The worst thing that could happen is that we don’t vibe with someone, but if we don’t try we will never know. A smile and small talk have started many of my friendships and I’m sure they can do the same for you.
As cliche as it sounds, we have to be ourselves when we meet new people. There is no point trying to act like someone else, and people can usually spot when someone isn’t being genuine. Being ourselves and having people see what we are all about is a beautiful way of making friendships that have a tendency to last.
Find people with common interests.
Thinking about things we like to do after work can give us an idea of which of our co-workers we probably would get along with. Do you like to workout? Get drinks? Are you a Netflix connoisseur? Find common ground for discussion and go from there.
Don’t rush it.
If it is taking you a long time to make friends at work, don’t stress! Making new friendships sometimes takes time, and that is perfectly normal. Be confident, give it time, and enjoy the process.
What are some ways you have made friends at work in the past? Leave your tips down below!